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 Triumphal 1945 newsreel footage shows the Allies blowing up a giant swastika that had loomed over a Nuremberg stadium. Erin Thompson, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Oct. 2021 That newsreel, as dumb luck would have it, has been accidentally unravelled and dragged through the dust and mud. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 19 Sep. 2021 Kevin Burdette, in a speaking narrator part, adopted an amusingly bombastic newsreel-announcer manner. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Her impression in a newsreel of Franklin D. Roosevelt turned the president into an admirer. Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2021 Joe Biden will almost certainly be the last president whose internal newsreel is filled with memories of Russia from Joseph Stalin to Vladimir Putin. Ryan Kearney, The New Republic, 16 June 2021 In 1922, the two men bought 80 acres of tropical hammock with the intent of growing citrus, but instead shaped their land into that safe mystery of the tropics the old newsreel advertised. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, 11 Apr. 2021 It’s inspired by real efforts — shown in wild newsreel footage — to control an invasive rabbit species that was overrunning Australia. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Mar. 2021 As a toddler Carla appeared in a 1939 newsreel showing her being taught to walk the wire by her parents. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of newsreel

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 5 Dec. 2021.

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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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