mov·​ie | \ ˈmü-vē How to pronounce movie (audio) \

Definition of movie

1 : a recording of moving images that tells a story and that people watch on a screen or television : motion picture watched a movie after dinner a movie about the Civil War an action movie
2 movies plural : a showing of a motion picture especially in a theater went to the movies last Friday also : a theater that shows movies What's playing at the movies?
3 movies plural : the business of making movies : the motion-picture medium or industry

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Examples of movie in a Sentence

He wants to work in the movies. a career in the movies
Recent Examples on the Web At the Rock Sports Complex, which also started a drive-in movie theater this past week, teams were required to sanitize their bench and equipment before and after each game. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It feels good to be doing stuff like this': People flock to baseball diamonds, golf courses, farmers markets," 23 May 2020 The week prior, restaurants, retail stores, movie theaters and libraries were allowed to open up but were restricted to 25% capacity. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Crosby’s Angie’s Hair Studio among businesses reopening after being closed over a month," 23 May 2020 The guidance comes following Gov. Kay Ivey’s amended health order announced Thursday that also reopened movie theaters, bowling alleys and summer camps. al, "Masks, small student groups, Alabama guidelines for reopening schools," 22 May 2020 And no wonder: Standard movie theaters remain closed in many states, but drive-ins have been among the first businesses to open back up, drawing those looking to get out of the house while maintaining distance from others. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How We'll Travel This Summer," 22 May 2020 Gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys and other entertainment businesses will be allowed to reopen starting June 1, according to the state's guidelines. Sarah Brookbank,, "Restaurants open; Ohio gyms; Dr. Amy Acton; Victoria Secret closings; virus spread," 21 May 2020 Like so many industries, Hollywood has come to a standstill and movie theaters may reopen slowly to mixed support. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: You’ve been watching a lot of TV, right? Yeah, me, too," 21 May 2020 Countless movie theaters have shut down indefinitely, while studios are pushing their release dates towards the fall. Anne Cohen,, "Netflix Might Just Save Blockbuster Summer Season This Year," 20 May 2020 Life is roaring back in places such as Hong Kong — where official data show just two local cases of the novel coronavirus in four weeks — and offices, gyms, bars, beauty salons and movie theaters are reopening. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Bars and barre return, but date night isn’t the same: A glimpse into the new normal," 15 May 2020

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First Known Use of movie

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for movie

moving picture

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The first known use of movie was in 1909

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29 May 2020

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“Movie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of movie

chiefly US
: a recording of moving images that tells a story and that people watch on a screen or television
: a showing of a movie in a theater also : a movie theater
: the business of making movies : the film industry


mov·​ie | \ ˈmü-vē How to pronounce movie (audio) \

Kids Definition of movie

1 : a story represented in motion pictures an action movie
2 : a showing of a movie often used in pl.We went to the movies last night.

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