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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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  • Look at traffic lights and door locks and all the security systems on television and in the movies.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • Occasionally, I admit, he has to fight; but he need never move at the movies.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • It will mean a lot to me to have a nice girl go with me to the movies, or anywhere else.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Now comes a lapse of three years—I got that out of the movies.

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Look, Bill, he's got 'igh boots on like they have in the movies!

British Dictionary definitions for movies


  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 movies

"moving pictures," 1912, see 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 movies
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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