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

Examples of movie in a Sentence

He wants to work in the movies. a career in the movies
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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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