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
Recent Examples on the Web Its historical reënactments and newsreel footage give rise to a wall-to-wall monologue that looks ahead to latter-day essay-films. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Sixty-two Films That Shaped the Art of Documentary Filmmaking," 14 Oct. 2020 During World War II, Berthelot worked in the Navy ROTC office at Tulane and appeared on a newsreel about Higgins Industries, the boat-building company. John Pope,, "Doris Berthelot Barnett, fashion model and TV personality from New Orleans, dies at 95," 24 Sep. 2020 The newsreel images of Alabama state troopers beating marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the Selma campaign in Alabama shocked politicians into action. John Blake, CNN, "White Wisconsin voters got a crash course in Jim Crow, and Republicans may regret it," 13 Apr. 2020 For too long, the action mounts with the same stiff delivery as the newsreels that the characters absorb in their local movie house. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "David Simon’s take on ‘The Plot Against America’ nails the fear, but not the emotions," 13 Mar. 2020 The movie theater playing the newsreel of Roosevelt's concession speech doesn't hold quite the shock of MSNBC and CNN on election night. Ani Bundel, Ars Technica, "Plot Against America: HBO’s alternate-history series is too stuck on the present," 17 Mar. 2020 In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television and newsreels for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower., "This day in history," 19 Jan. 2020 The exhibit will showcase the arguments made both for and against women’s suffrage through newsreel footage, audio of political songs of the time, various interactive features and key historical documents. oregonlive, "Women’s fight to gain vote takes center stage in new Oregon Historical Society exhibit, ‘Nevertheless, They Persisted’," 13 Mar. 2020 The newsreels that millions of American moviegoers watched each week also used footage of flag-raisings to punctuate their reports (for example, those depicting the U.S. capture of Peleliu and Kwajalein). Matthew Pressman, Time, "The Famous Iwo Jima Flag-Raising Photo Captured an Authentic Moment—But Gave Many Americans a False Impression," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of newsreel

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Newsreel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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