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[nooz-reel, nyooz-] /ˈnuzˌril, ˈnyuz-/
a short motion picture presenting current or recent events.
1915-20; news + reel1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for newsreel
  • Think of a short film or a newsreel as a ten- or twenty-minute unit of entertainment.
  • German theaters were soon showing a horrifying newsreel filmed in the village.
  • One is a newsreel-style, anchorless broadcast that aired evenings.
  • It tries for a mix of the devastating and the trivial-as any ordinary week's newsreel might have shown.
  • The sense of reality here is increased by the use of newsreel footage.
  • The other roles are handled pleasantly, and some effective use is made of newsreel clips.
  • After he left, he began working for different newsreel companies and did everything from filming to administrative tasks.
  • First inaugural to be recorded by a talking newsreel.
British Dictionary definitions for newsreel


a short film with a commentary presenting current events
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Word Origin and History for newsreel

1916, from news (n.) + reel (n.).

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Encyclopedia Article for newsreel

short motion picture of current events introduced in England about 1897 by the Frenchman Charles Pathe. Newsreels were shown regularly, first in music halls between entertainment acts and later between the featured films in motion-picture theatres. Because spot news was expensive to shoot, newsreels covered expected events, such as parades, inaugurations, sport contests, bathing beauty contests, and residual news, such as floods.

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