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[moo-vee] /ˈmu vi/
motion-picture theater (often preceded by the):
The movie is next-door to the hardware store.
  1. motion pictures, as an industry (usually preceded by the):
    The movies have had to raise prices.
  2. motion pictures, as a genre of art or entertainment:
    gangster movies.
  3. the exhibition of a motion pictures:
    an evening at the movies.
Origin of movie
1905-10; mov(ing picture) + -ie Unabridged
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Examples from the web for movies
  • At the beginning of the semester they think it is going to be a bit of a bird course-watching movies, no exams, and so forth.
  • If you mean overhead projectors and movies with sound, say it.
  • After all, decades of movies have convinced us that going to college is an electric, transformational experience.
  • There is a long history of anthropologists recording visual images and even making movies as part of their scholarly research.
  • Another colleague has pizza parties and tells his students jokes half the time while showing them movies the other half.
  • Then again, television and movies shape our perceptions of all sorts of professions.
  • Focuses on how digital technologies have transformed the production, distribution, and experience of movies.
  • Brain-related events, movies, conferences and more.
  • These winged mammals inspire fear, wonder, and even movies.
  • But the effort paid off with two animated movies that dramatically illustrate the effects of a cometary collision.
British Dictionary definitions for movies


  1. an informal word for film (sense 1)
  2. (as modifier): movie ticket
Word Origin
C20: from mov(ing picture) + -ie
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Word Origin and History for movies

"moving pictures," 1912, see movie.



1912 (perhaps 1908), shortened form of moving picture in the cinematographic sense (1896). As an adjective from 1913. Movie star attested from 1913. Another early name for it was photoplay.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for movies
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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