news·​reel ˈnüz-ˌrēl How to pronounce newsreel (audio)
: a short movie dealing with current events

Example Sentences

old newsreels from World War II
Recent Examples on the Web Unlike stateside courtrooms, which banned newsreel cameras, the Nuremberg courtroom was motion picture friendly. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Feb. 2023 One newsreel of the little boy captured him immaculately dressed, standing trustingly at his grandmother’s side, looking anxiously down a train platform for any sign of his approaching mother. Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic, 12 Nov. 2022 Anthems tend to carry within their textures a rich whiff of the past, the patina and efficiency of old war footage, the hiss and crackle of the newsreel. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2022 And doesn’t that Inuit hunter from a 1920s newsreel look like a dead ringer for Fred Armisen? David Fear, Rolling Stone, 19 Oct. 2022 The 1928 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland began as the Portland Publix Theatre, a vaudeville venue, soon renamed the Paramount Theatre, showing Paramount Pictures’ newsreel and movies. oregonlive, 13 Sep. 2022 One who stood in the rain waiting for the hearse to pass, retired bus driver David Stringer, 82, recalled watching the queen’s coronation on a newsreel as a boy. Jill Lawless And Mike Corder, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2022 That opening segment was the work of the late cinematographer and newsreel cameraman Bill Birch. Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune, 31 Aug. 2022 That year, he was featured in a Pathé newsreel that spotlighted the autograph album for a full minute. Rebecca Rego Barry, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of newsreel was in 1914

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“Newsreel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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news·​reel -ˌrēl How to pronounce newsreel (audio)
: a short motion picture dealing with current events

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