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 Malek is hosting tonight to promote the latest James Bond movie, No Time to Die. Andy Hoglund,, 17 Oct. 2021 The treasure hunt is more akin to the plot of a James Bond movie, including drone deliveries, boat chases, femme fatales, spy equipment, and buried treasure. Kristen Shirley, Travel + Leisure, 16 Oct. 2021 As of Q1 this year, one in four of all new commissions of scripted TV shows globally was an adaption (book, comic, manga, movie, blog etc.), according to Guy Bisson at Ampere Analysis. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 15 Oct. 2021 However, Fellowship is a much better movie (with much less stiff-upper-lip emotional suppression) than Dune. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 The movie’s five seasonal chapters, set years apart, distill the Buddhist conception of eternal rebirth and suffering. The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2021 Andy Dolich, a Bay Area consultant and former marketing chief for the Oakland Athletics, said MLB could leverage its broadcast partnership with ESPN to access the movie, TV and cartoon assets of Disney for use in promotional spots. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Fever Dream Netflix movie — now streaming Fever Dream, meanwhile, is a feature film book adaptation. Andy Meek, BGR, 13 Oct. 2021 The new movie, directed by Denis Villeneuve, has an all-star cast including Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Rebecca Furguson and Jason Momoa. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021

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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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19 Oct 2021

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“Movie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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
: 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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