movie

[moo-vee]
noun
2.
motion-picture theater (often preceded by the ): The movie is next-door to the hardware store.
3.
movies.
a.
motion pictures, as an industry (usually preceded by the ): The movies have had to raise prices.
b.
motion pictures, as a genre of art or entertainment: gangster movies.
c.
the exhibition of a motion picture: an evening at the movies.

Origin:
1905–10; mov(ing picture) + -ie

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movie (ˈmuːvɪ)
 
n
a.  an informal word for film
 b.  (as modifier): movie ticket
 
[C20: from mov(ing picture) + -ie]

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Word Origin & History

movie
1912 (perhaps 1908), shortened form of moving picture (1896).

movies
1912, see movie.
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movies definition


  1. n.
    a case of diarrhea. (Because it keeps you on the move, going to the john.) : A case of the movies kept me going all night.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
At the beginning of the semester they think it is going to be a bit of a bird
  course-watching movies, no exams, and so forth.
If you mean overhead projectors and movies with sound, say it.
After all, decades of movies have convinced us that going to college is an
  electric, transformational experience.
There is a long history of anthropologists recording visual images and even
  making movies as part of their scholarly research.
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