Cinema meaning

sĭn'ə-mə
The definition of cinema is a movie theater, or the production of films and movies.

An IMAX movie theater at Regal Cinemas is an example of a cinema.

The collection of all Hollywood films and movies is an example of American cinema.

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A movie theater.
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Movies collectively, especially when considered as an art form.
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A film theater.
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The motion picture industry; a movie theater. Cinema refers to commercial movies and documentaries created for theater audiences. See cinema format.
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(countable) A film.
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(countable) A movie theatre, a movie house.

The cinema is right across the street from the restaurant.

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(film, uncountable) Film or movies as a group.

Despite the critics, he produced excellent cinema.

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(film, uncountable) The film and movie industry.

In the long history of Spanish cinema […] .

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(film, uncountable) The art of making films and movies.

Throughout the history of cinema, filmmakers […] .

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the cinema
  • The art or business of making films.
  • Films collectively.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the cinema

Origin of cinema

  • French cinéma short for cinématographe cinematograph
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Borrowing from French cinéma, shortening of cinématographe (term coined by the Lumière brothers in the 1890s), from Ancient Greek κίνημα (kinēma, “movement”)
    From Wiktionary