mov·​ie ˈmü-vē How to pronounce movie (audio)
: 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
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?
movies plural : the business of making movies : the motion-picture medium or industry

Example Sentences

He wants to work in the movies. a career in the movies
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Word History


moving picture

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of movie was in 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Movie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


mov·​ie ˈmü-vē How to pronounce movie (audio)
: a story represented in motion pictures
pl : a showing of a movie
went to the movies yesterday
plural : the business of making movies : the motion-picture industry

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