stu·​dio | \ ˈstü-dē-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce studio (audio) , ˈstyü-\
plural studios

Definition of studio

1a : the working place of a painter, sculptor, or photographer
b : a place for the study of an art (such as dancing, singing, or acting)
2a : a place where motion pictures are made
b : a company that produces motion pictures
3 : a place maintained and equipped for the transmission of radio or television programs
4 : a place where audio recordings are made

Examples of studio in a Sentence

the president of a major Hollywood studio

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At the show’s Bronx studio, the collaborators took a break from shooting to reflect on Candy’s swan song, the experience of making the episode and the devastating epidemic of violence against trans women of color. Judy Berman, Time, "‘The Tears Were Real.’ Ryan Murphy and Janet Mock on Pose’s Most Emotional Episode Yet," 11 July 2019 In Aw’s studio, a three-foot portrait of Mami Wata hangs on the beige wall. Washington Post, "#NotMyAriel? African mermaids existed long before Disney.," 10 July 2019 The company’s five resident studio artists are top emerging talents in opera today. Michelle Martin, Detroit Free Press, "Enjoy free lakeside outdoor concerts and family movies at SummerFest 2019," 10 July 2019 Subjects sit in front of a large, 19th century camera, surrounded by studio lights. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "'You just see people as people': See photos this artist created with 1800s technology," 10 July 2019 But now, Deadline reports the project has switched studios, moving to Netflix. Dave Quinn,, "Ryan Reynolds Joins Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot for Netflix Action Film Red Notice," 9 July 2019 The image was later displayed in Plumbe’s studio to attract future clientele. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How the Camera Introduced Americans to Their Heroines," 9 July 2019 Audience participation in tow, the talented duo performed many of the breakout hits from their debut studio album, Silk Canvas. Okla Jones, Essence, "The Soulful Sounds Of R&B's Sultry Duo VanJess Heat Up The Stage At The 2019 Essence Festival," 9 July 2019 But back in the ‘20s, movie studios threw them away or gave them to theaters. Phillip Valys,, "Reel art: Giant movie poster exhibit opening in West Palm Beach," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of studio

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for studio

Italian, literally, study, from Latin studium

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English Language Learners Definition of studio

: the building or room where an artist works
: a place where people go to learn, practice, or study an art (such as singing, dancing, or acting)
: a place where movies are made


stu·​dio | \ ˈstü-dē-ˌō How to pronounce studio (audio) , ˈstyü-\
plural studios

Kids Definition of studio

1 : the place where an artist, sculptor, or photographer works
2 : a place for the study of an art
3 : a place where movies are made
4 : a place from which radio or television programs are broadcast

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