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[sin-uh-muh] /ˈsɪn ə mə/
Chiefly British, motion picture.
the cinema, motion pictures collectively, as an art.
Chiefly British. a motion-picture theater.
1895-1900; short for cinematograph
Related forms
[sin-uh-mat-ik] /ˌsɪn əˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
cinematically, adverb
uncinematic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for cinema
  • Likewise, cinema convinces us that dialogue comes from the actors' mouths rather than the surrounding speakers.
  • But if you know where to look, there are ways to get your fix of world cinema.
  • One of the landmark films in cinema can now be seen in color.
  • Digital cinema offers a better picture and bigger sound than traditional film.
  • Yet cinema-building is proceeding apace, and supply has created demand.
  • But the average cinema-goer probably won't notice anything different-same popcorn, same stars, same types of movies.
  • The number of cinema tickets sold actually increased during three out of the past four recessions.
  • They struck at government offices, a shopping centre, a cinema and a hotel frequented by foreigners.
  • The big draw at the cinema used to be the big-name actor.
  • Research has identified links between smoking in films and the consumption of cigarettes by those leaving a cinema.
British Dictionary definitions for cinema


(mainly Brit)
  1. a place designed for the exhibition of films
  2. (as modifier) a cinema seat
the cinema
  1. the art or business of making films
  2. films collectively
Derived Forms
cinematic (ˌsɪnɪˈmætɪk) adjective
cinematically, adverb
Word Origin
C19 (earlier spelling kinema): shortened from cinematograph
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Word Origin and History for cinema
1899, "a movie hall," from Fr. cinéma, shortened from cinématographe, coined 1890s by Lumiere brothers, who invented it, from Gk. kinema "movement," from kinein "to move" (see cite). Meaning "movies collectively, especially as an art form" first recorded 1918. Cinéma vérité is 1963, from Fr.; Cinerama, proprietary name, is from 1951.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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