movie

noun
mov·​ie | \ ˈmü-vē \

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

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Disney also intends to produce four to five original movies a year, including a brand new Star Wars trilogy written and directed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Disney's New Streaming Service," 3 Jan. 2019 Bird Box is being hailed a major movie moment for Netflix (even as film industry insiders debate the significance of the company’s selectively released ratings data). Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The Hype Over Netflix’s Bird Box, Explained," 2 Jan. 2019 His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at streamondemandathome.com. Sean Axmaker, The Seattle Times, "New on Amazon in January 2019: ‘Leave No Trace,’ ‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘Informer’ and ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’," 1 Jan. 2019 Billionaire Sidney Kimmel, producer of movies like Crazy Rich Asians, Moneyball, and Hell or Highwater, has listed his Central Park South apartment for $39.5 million. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This NYC Apartment Features Stunning Views Of Central Park For $39.5 Million," 30 Dec. 2018 But film technology was still young during World War I, and most of the soldiers were seeing a movie camera for the first time. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 2018 Martin Scorsese doesn’t usually direct movies that are suitable for kids, but Hugo is an exception. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A dozen streamable shows and movies that kids can watch (and parents will like)," 24 Dec. 2018 Everett Fashion movies often combine the best things in life: drama, romance, and beautiful clothes. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The 10 Best Fashion Movies That Aren't The Devil Wears Prada," 24 Dec. 2018 Oh, and there’s that awful Sonic the Hedgehog movie poster as well. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Heroes of the Storm winds down, Monster Hunter adds The Witcher's Geralt," 14 Dec. 2018

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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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movie

noun

English Language Learners Definition of movie

: a recording of moving images that tells a story and that people watch on a screen or television

the movies : a showing of a movie in a theater; also : a movie theater

: the business of making movies : the film industry

movie

noun
mov·​ie | \ ˈmü-vē \

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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