[nooz-reel, nyooz-]
a short motion picture presenting current or recent events.

1915–20; news + reel1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To newsreel
World English Dictionary
newsreel (ˈnjuːzˌriːl)
a short film with a commentary presenting current events

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1916, from news + reel.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica


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.

Learn more about newsreel with a free trial on

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Think of a short film or a newsreel as a ten- or twenty-minute unit of
German theaters were soon showing a horrifying newsreel filmed in the village.
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.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature