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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This movie, representing Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, stars Ellen Page as a Texas teenager who rejects her mother’s beauty-pageant dreams in favor of roller derbies. MAMMA MIA! (2008) 8:30 on NBC. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Baby Driver’ and ‘Short Term 12’," 14 July 2018 His agreement with Perdue Farms not only created a never-ending debt hole but also prevented the kind-eyed (if, by this movie's filming, stricken-looking) Watts from making changes to improve the health and care of his animals. Robert Abele,, "'Eating Animals' review: Natalie Portman, Jonathan Safran Foer want you to care about where your meat comes from," 12 July 2018 That temperament emerged in its most wickedly concentrated form in Callahan’s drawings, one of which supplied the darkly funny title of his 1989 memoir and now this movie. Justin Chang,, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix stars in the captivating addiction drama 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot'," 12 July 2018 This movie was also a family affair, as Highmore's brother Bertie played the role of his younger brother in the film. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "How Freddie Highmore Went From Child Actor to Star of 'The Good Doctor'," 11 July 2018 In this movie, everybody sells out, or has sold out. . . . Isaac Feldberg,, "Boots Riley talks about ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 5 July 2018 Tambor played a trans woman in Transparent, while Huffman starred in the movie Transamerica. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Scarlett Johansson Faces Major Backlash for Being Cast as a Trans Man in a New Movie," 4 July 2018 Caution: this movie is sure to dish up all the feels. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "25 Best Summer Vacation Movies," 3 July 2018 Principal Joseph Maselli compared the lives of students to roles in the movie of life. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Bolton High Reflects At Graduation," 3 July 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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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


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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