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

The city of Missouri City is gearing up for the annual Juneteenth celebration, featuring music, art, food, movies and scholarship. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Juneteenth celebration takes shape in Missouri City," 10 June 2019 Paulette loved going to any beach and watching movies, but most of all, enjoyed spending time with her family and friends., "Paulette Bina Nieman," 10 June 2019 People just need to get used to it, because Ryan Murphy has announced plans for a Prom movie for Netflix, Vulture reports. Time, "2019 Tony Awards Recap: Best, Weirdest and Wildest Moments," 10 June 2019 Based on the horror movie franchise, the first person, psychological horror game takes place in Maryland’s Black Hills Forest in 1996 where a young boy has disappeared. Rosy Cordero,, "Microsoft announces 'Blair Witch' video game," 9 June 2019 Sophie Turner isn't holding back during her press tour for new movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Just Made the Best Risqué Joke About Joe Jonas," 9 June 2019 Many thought her show would meet a similar fate as the Titanic, a movie that sent her career to another stratosphere. Mark Gray,, "Céline Dion Ends Her 16-Year Vegas Residency with Emotional Last Show, Debuts New Song," 9 June 2019 Don't get too excited just yet; Sophie and Maisie have not started writing said movie just yet. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Want to Write a Movie About Their Friendship," 9 June 2019 Still, like his creation, Phoenix, the opportunity for an X-Men movie would rise again. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dark Phoenix' Comic Creator on Pitching James Cameron and the 4-Page Memo That Made 'X-Men'," 8 June 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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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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