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 It’s hard to imagine a set that inspires more fan curiosity (read: obsession) than that of a Star Wars movie. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Here's What Directing a Star Wars Movie Is Really Like," 7 Jan. 2020 Out of Water was both critically loved and a box office hit, so the chances of a third movie were always good. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Best Comedy Movies of 2019," 3 Jan. 2020 Those numbers suggest the movie would have been a sizable hit in theaters, as Fortune reported earlier this year, though how much of one is a complicated question given the tricky and uneven way in which Netflix measures viewership. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Netflix Picks Its Own Most Popular Movies and Series Of 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 Chris Terrio, who co-wrote the movie with director J.J. Abrams, was asked about the lack of screen time for Kelly Marie Tran’s character Rose Tico. James Hibberd,, "The Rise of Skywalker writer explains why Kelly Marie Tran had a reduced role," 29 Dec. 2019 Cane Quarter also offers year-round fitness and recreation with its lap pool, lagoon-style family pool and cabanas, children’s water playground and central lawn for movie nights, summer concerts and other community gatherings. Houston Chronicle, "Two-story fitness center, Yoga Studio help Cane Island residents keep fitness goals," 28 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments are steps from restaurants and shopping in Stapleton’s Town Center; directly across from the community’s large event lawn where concerts and movie nights take place. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "Rosy outlook: Builders, agents expect a robust spring, while the best places to buy/rent may be on the city’s edge," 26 Dec. 2019 The movie is, of course, set in Hope Valley, but the actual filming took place in a magical Canadian city. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "'When Calls the Heart Home for Christmas’ Was Filmed in a Charming Town You Can Visit," 25 Dec. 2019 Dress up your next movie night by swapping out the usual soda-and-popcorn combo with a sweet champagne. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Best Foods to Pair with Champagne," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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10 Jan 2020

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“Movie.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 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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