- a tough, flammable thermoplastic made from pyroxylin and camphor, used, esp. formerly, for toilet articles, novelties, etc.
- films: from use of celluloid, esp. formerly, for photographic films
Origin of celluloidcellul(ose) + -oid
- A colorless flammable material made from nitrocellulose and camphor and used to make photographic film.
- a. Motion-picture film: “a strange, anachronistic sight: theater pieces transferred to celluloid” (David Ansen).b. The cinema; motion pictures: “There are no heroes but in celluloid” (Charles Langbridge Morgan).
- Made of or using a material made from nitrocellulose and camphor.
- Of or portrayed on film or in motion pictures.
- Artificial; synthetic: a novel with flat, celluloid characters.
Origin of celluloidOriginally a trademark.
Former trademark of Celluloid Manufacturing Company