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silver screen

noun
1.
motion pictures; the motion-picture industry:
a star of the silver screen.
2.
a special screen on which motion pictures are projected.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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British Dictionary definitions for silver-screen

silver screen

noun (informal) the silver screen
1.
films collectively or the film industry
2.
the screen onto which films are projected
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Word Origin and History for silver-screen

silver screen

n.

1921, originally in reference to movie house projection screens colored with metallic paint to be more reflective. Transferred sense of "movies generally" is attested from 1924.

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