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cel

[sel] /sɛl/
noun
1.
a transparent celluloid sheet on which a character, scene, etc., is drawn or painted and which constitutes one frame in the filming of an animated cartoon: may be overlapped for change of background or foreground.
Also, cell.
Origin
by shortening of celluloid
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British Dictionary definitions for cel

cel

/sɛl/
noun
1.
short for celluloid (sense 2b), celluloid (sense 2c)
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Word Origin and History for cel
n.

"celluloid sheet for an animated cartoon," from celluloid; became current by c.1990 when they became collectible.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cel

cel

noun

A celluloid sheet made for an animated cartoon, now prized by collectors: Cartoon lovers have been buying drawings and celluloids, or ''cels'' (1990s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for cel

cel

celluloid
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