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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 movie
  • For the past few years the independent film business has resembled a low-budget horror movie.
  • Or call a film-buff friend to settle some disagreement about who starred in a movie.
  • The difference is that our film is not really a monster movie.
  • The ordinary picnic table and benches were used for a movie set.
  • Normally, wine tasting does not make me think of this movie.
  • Host movie nights, using a garage door as the movie screen.
  • Sustenance was important, as the movie was three hours long.
  • As the movie implies, the lack of results could be blamed on the lack of a proper experimental design in the first place.
  • When synchronized sound ended the era of silent films, live musicians were no longer hired to play in movie theaters.
  • And social dramas continue to be made-but you're more likely to see them on television than in movie theaters.
British Dictionary definitions for movie


  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 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 movie
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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