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cinema

[sin-uh-muh] /ˈsɪn ə mə/
noun
1.
Chiefly British, motion picture.
2.
the cinema, motion pictures collectively, as an art.
3.
Chiefly British. a motion-picture theater.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; short for cinematograph
Related forms
cinematic
[sin-uh-mat-ik] /ˌsɪn əˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
cinematically, adverb
uncinematic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cinematic

cinema

/ˈsɪnɪmə/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit)
  1. a place designed for the exhibition of films
  2. (as modifier): a cinema seat
2.
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
adj.

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

cinema

n.

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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