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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.
Origin of cinema
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 from the web 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 French cinéma, shortened from cinématographe "motion picture projector and camera," coined 1890s by Lumiere brothers, who invented it, from Latinized form of Greek kinemat-, comb. form of kinema "movement," from kinein "to move" (see cite) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy). Meaning "movies collectively, especially as an art form" recorded by 1914. Cinéma vérité is 1963, from French.

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