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

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In Hollywood,Quentin Tarantino's glamorized alternate history of the 1960s movie industry—all while finishing up college. Vogue, "Your Favorite TV Dramas All Have One Thing in Common: Sydney Sweeney," 5 Aug. 2019 Critic Pauline Kael pointed out in The New Yorker in 1968 that the entire movie was more complicated (and compromised) than some viewers might appreciate. John Williams,, "D.A. Pennebaker, pioneer of cinéma vérité in America, 94," 4 Aug. 2019 The movie business wasn’t ready for a film about women who are—gasp!—middle age. Cathy Schulman, Glamour, "Nobody Talks About the 'Otherhood' Stage of Life—So I Made a Movie About It," 2 Aug. 2019 There’s a lot to say (about) why this movie was so successful. Catherine Bigelow,, "At 20, Litquake sends a message ‘Godfather’ fans can’t refuse," 2 Aug. 2019 Moana came out nearly three years ago, but the movie and Moana is still a fan fave: its wonderful Disney soundtrack (hello, Lin-Manuel Miranda!), its vivid representation of Polynesian culture, and its atypical storyline enchants fans. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Your Own DIY Moana Costume," 30 July 2019 The silent movie was the retelling of Reconstruction through the eyes of the Ku Klux Klan. Russell Contreras, Fortune, "Donald Trump Is Not the First U.S. President to Be Called Racist," 30 July 2019 The movie’s pagan-commune plot is clearly derivative of the horror classic The Wicker Man — the brilliant 1973 version, not the atrocious Nicolas Cage remake. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Midsommar Casts a Transfixing Scandinavian Spell," 25 July 2019 The Lifetime movie won’t be the only on-screen adaptation of the scandal. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Lifetime Is Producing a College Admissions Scandal Movie," 23 July 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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