news·​reel | \ ˈnüz-ˌrēl How to pronounce newsreel (audio) , ˈnyüz-\

Definition of newsreel

: a short movie dealing with current events

Examples of newsreel in a Sentence

old newsreels from World War II

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By circulating photos and videos with rousing Kashmiri folk music but no voices — evoking 20th century wartime newsreels — India’s foreign ministry asserts life is returning to normal. Washington Post, "India seeks to portray sense of calm in locked-down Kashmir," 29 Aug. 2019 The armed forces were producing newsreels for information and recruiting purposes to be shown in theaters around the country. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coming home: Remains of Marine killed in World War II buried at Miramar National Cemetery," 18 Aug. 2019 Long thought lost, recently discovered clips from the newsreel powerfully pepper this program. Rick Kogan,, "New film remembers the SS Eastland and the day 844 died in the Chicago River," 17 July 2019 There was a newsreel from the War Relocation Authority that showed bathing facilities, exclaiming, ‘Bathtubs! Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The Terror: Infamy Is a Step Forward for Depictions of Japanese-American Internment," 12 Aug. 2019 There was newsreel footage, too, later shown at movie houses across the country. Rick Kogan,, "New film remembers the SS Eastland and the day 844 died in the Chicago River," 17 July 2019 Much of the speech no longer exists as an intact recording; poor preservation of newsreels has left only four known surviving lines. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Eighty Years On, Lou Gehrig’s Words Reverberate," 3 July 2019 His words were intercut with documentary footage, which ranged from 20th-century newsreels to Cooper's own recent interview with Vanderbilt. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Anderson Cooper's Eulogy for His Mother, Gloria Vanderbilt," 17 June 2019 Greene said he was surprised at the extent of coverage of the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust in American newspapers, magazines, radio and newsreels. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Yes, Milwaukee newspapers reported on the Holocaust. But was it fully understood?," 3 May 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of newsreel

: a short film that reported the news and that was shown in theaters in the past


news·​reel | \ ˈnüz-ˌrēl How to pronounce newsreel (audio) , ˈnyüz-\

Kids Definition of newsreel

: a short motion picture made in the past about events at that time

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