movie

noun
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 new pals’ budding friendship leads to some of the movie’s best scenes, including a chaotic visit to a roadhouse bar where Sonic rides an electric bull. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Not-so-super ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ runs out of steam early," 14 Feb. 2020 Meghie, who began writing the screenplay five years ago, told NBC News, Yet, not all the story arcs of the movie are fictional. NBC News, "'The Photograph' and 'triumph' of black love," 14 Feb. 2020 Paramount even got in on the action, releasing a 15th-anniversary Blu-ray edition of the movie last Oct. 3. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "In honor of Galentine’s Day, the definitive ranking of fake holidays from pop culture," 13 Feb. 2020 By championing a range of talented, diverse filmmakers (Greta Gerwig, Barry Jenkins, Ari Aster, the list goes on) and throwing the full weight of the company behind each of their original films, A24 is, in essence, the HBO of movies. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "In an era of franchise clones, A24’s original indie films continue to stand out," 13 Feb. 2020 ABC News' producers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman were on the ground for the making of the movie and witnessed many of the Parkland students' healing firsthand. Kelly Terez, ABC News, "'Start Here': Trump blasts prosecutors in Roger Stone case, thanks DOJ for sentencing reversal," 13 Feb. 2020 Only nine months after that statement — and fallout that included canceled distribution of a movie and media companies cutting ties — C.K. made a surprise appearance at the Comedy Cellar in New York. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Artists implicated by #MeToo and scandals are making comebacks. Should audiences and venues welcome them back?," 12 Feb. 2020 The new pals’ budding friendship leads to some of the movie’s best scenes, including a chaotic visit to a roadhouse bar where Sonic rides an electric bull. Brian Truitt, azcentral, "Not-so-super 'Sonic the Hedgehog' gets the best of Jim Carrey," 12 Feb. 2020 There are a ton of good movies up for awards at the 2020 Oscars. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Is '1917' Based on a True Story? Here's What Was Real About the World War I Movie," 9 Feb. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Movie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/movie?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=movie001. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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movie

noun
How to pronounce movie (audio)

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

movie

noun
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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