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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 cinematic
  • Sunshine's special effects, though, are quite amazing--it really feels hot in that cinematic sunlight.
  • More than that, it is highly suspenseful in a slick cinematic style.
  • The musical cinematic confection comes out in an ultimate collector's edition.
  • Nor are they without their cinematic debts and influences.
  • Technology aside, the cinematic language has improved as well.
  • Everyone stands there filming each other, a cinematic détente.
  • Used wisely, such fiddling enhances the cinematic experience.
  • If there's a visceral, cinematic thing happening that the audience likes, they don't care if it goes against what's likely.
  • Little did he realize he was making cinematic history.
  • For while a mash-up can be fun, playful and ironic, the idea of erecting billboards inside our cinematic fantasies goes too far.
British Dictionary definitions for cinematic


(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 cinematic

1914, in the movies sense, from French cinématique (1917), from cinéma (see cinema). Related: Cinematically.



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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