AskDefine | Define cinema

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1 a medium that disseminates moving pictures; "theater pieces transferred to celluloid"; "this story would be good cinema"; "film coverage of sporting events" [syn: film, celluloid]
2 a theater where films are shown [syn: movie theater, movie theatre, movie house, picture palace]

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From cinéma, shortening of cinématographe (term coined by the Lumière brothers in the 1890s) < (kinēma) "movement"



  1. In the context of "countable}} a film

Extensive Definition

Cinema (from Greek: kinesis (movement)) can refer to:
cinema in Modern Greek (1453-): Κινηματογράφος
cinema in French: Cinéma
cinema in Friulian: Cine
cinema in German: Cinema_%28Begriffskl%C3%A4rung%29
cinema in Hebrew: קולנוע
cinema in Malay (macrolanguage): Pawagam
cinema in Ukrainian: Кіно
cinema in Italian: Cinema

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

3-D, Cinemascope, Cinerama, Technicolor, Western, animated cartoon, art film, black-and-white film, cartoon, chiller, cine, cinema verite, cinematograph, color film, creepie, documentary, documentary film, drive-in, educational film, feature, film, flick, flicker, horror picture, horse opera, kinematograph, motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, movie theater, moving picture, moving-picture theater, newsreel, nickelodeon, nouvelle vague, nudie, photodrama, photoplay, picture, picture house, picture palace, picture show, pornographic film, preview, short, show, silent, silent film, skin flick, sneak preview, spaghetti Western, talkie, talking picture, the cinema, the movies, the pictures, the screen, the silver screen, thriller, trailer, underground film
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