pho·​to·​play ˈfō-tō-ˌplā How to pronounce photoplay (audio)

Examples of photoplay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Boston, the Hearst papers forced exhibitors to preface Five Star Final with a disclaimer assuring moviegoers that most newspapers would never deploy the vile tactics portrayed in the photoplay. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Dec. 2022 Dennis Wolkowicz is a photoplay organist who performs under the stage name Jay Warren. Annie Alleman,, 27 Dec. 2021 Thus, if a stage play requires three hours, in the photoplay it is pictorially told in one hour, and just as effectively. Scientific American, 21 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of photoplay was in 1909

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“Photoplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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pho·​to·​play ˈfōt-ō-ˌplā How to pronounce photoplay (audio)
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