adverb or adjective
\ ˈȯn-ˈskrēn How to pronounce on-screen (audio) , ˈän- \
variants: or onscreen

Definition of on-screen

1 : in a motion picture or a television program But the makers of the 1958 movie understood that this most subtle of writers was telling a tale about the froth of life, and they celebrated it on-screen with gusto.— Gerald Asher The sixth-grader reportedly earned $1 million for starring in the upcoming My Girl, which pairs him with Anna Chlumsky for his first onscreen kiss.— Alexander Tresniowski
2 : on a computer or television screen You can watch a football game, see a small icon onscreen offering player statistics, click it with the remote, and view the stats.— Edward W. Desmond … handheld joysticks and gamepads that jolt and jar with the on-screen action.— Leigh Gallagher

First Known Use of on-screen

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“On-screen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on-screen. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of on-screen

: in a movie or television program
: on a computer, television, or movie screen

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