the movies

plural noun

Definition of the movies

chiefly US
1 : a showing of a movie in a theater
  • We are going to the movies tonight.
; also : a movie theater
  • What's (playing/showing) at the movies?
2 : the business of making movies : the film industry
  • He wants to work in the movies.

Word by Word Definitions

movie play movies
  1. : a recording of moving images that tells a story and that people watch on a screen or television : motion picture

  2. : a showing of a motion picture especially in a theater

  3. : the business of making movies : the motion-picture medium or industry


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