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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This is the kind of big, entertaining drama for grown-ups that used to be a mainstay of the studios and is now becoming more and more rare. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, "Movies for grown-ups are in short supply. ‘Ford v Ferrari’ aims to prove they still work," 1 Sep. 2019 This one is about Polaroid, one of the movies bedeviled by the downfall of Harvey Weinstein's studio. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Polaroid': A Near Deal With Netflix Becomes a Legal Horror," 29 Aug. 2019 Fans of the game studio quickly celebrated the news across social media, calling it a revival. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Shuttered Video Game Studio Telltale Games Rises From the Dead. But Will It Be the Same?," 28 Aug. 2019 Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle, who weren’t involved with the previous Telltale titles, will head this new incarnation of the studio. Nick Romano,, "Telltale Games, home of Batman and The Walking Dead series, revived after shutdown," 28 Aug. 2019 Keeping Raymond out of the studio is not an option. Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, "Vija Celmins’s Surface Matters," 26 Aug. 2019 The film rights to Marvel’s characters were divvied up among a number of studios before the potential of superhero movies were explored. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "Stan Lee would have supported checks and balances on Spider-Man, other Marvel characters, daughter says," 22 Aug. 2019 Designed by Go Fujita of the architecture studio Gosize as his personal residence and office, Residence F is all about showcasing the material in its purest form. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "No-frills Japanese house is an ode to concrete," 20 Aug. 2019 Over his four-decade career, Denering worked for all of the studios and the preeminent shop, J.C. Backings, creating backdrops for more than 200 movies. Los Angeles Times, "End of an era: One of Hollywood’s last scenic painters can’t quite put down his brush," 15 Aug. 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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The first known use of studio was in 1800

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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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