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 This movie doesn’t follow the Hollywood-friendly narrative of suddenly experiencing great success against all odds. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Breezy Netflix Comedy About Not Knowing What to Do With Your Life," 9 Oct. 2020 Washington’s performance in this movie is a thing to behold. Rachel Yang,, "William Jackson Harper says Trump's executive order censored military academy from discussing Malcolm X," 6 Oct. 2020 This movie’s nostalgic vibe will take you back to a simpler time while its urgent message will make you (and the young people in your life) think about the very real gentrification issues plaguing our neighbourhoods in real time. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, "This Wholesome Netflix Horror Comedy Is Exactly What This Halloween Season Needs," 5 Oct. 2020 This outdoor movie is free for the public, but reserved tickets are required for entry. Patrick Connolly,, "‘Remember The Titans’ showing at Camping World Stadium drive-in event," 30 Sep. 2020 What makes this movie a perfect family entertainment is its all-purpose, multigenerational appeal. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Home theater: Bring the family together with the Beatles and ‘Babe’," 30 Sep. 2020 And that story, told twice in flashback—once from each man’s perspective, but with the Expressionist mise-en-scène intact—is what makes this movie irresistible. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "Fierce Filmmaking Beyond Our Borders," 30 Sep. 2020 Abigail Breslin stars in this Nicholas Sparks movie based on a Jodi Picoult bestselling book. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "35 Sad Movies for When You Need Something to Cry About," 29 Sep. 2020 But in this movie, Sherlock is portrayed as never before, with Cavill drawing out the steely detective’s empathy through his relationship with his teenage sibling. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Henry Cavill explains how his portrayal of Sherlock in ‘Enola Holmes’ is different from past versions of the detective," 25 Sep. 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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18 Oct 2020

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“Movie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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


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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