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[stoo-dee-oh, styoo-] /ˈstu diˌoʊ, ˈstyu-/
noun, plural studios.
the workroom or atelier of an artist, as a painter or sculptor.
a room or place for instruction or experimentation in one of the performing arts:
a dance studio.
a room or set of rooms specially equipped for broadcasting radio or television programs, making phonograph records, filming motion pictures, etc.
all the buildings and adjacent land required or used by a company engaged in the production of motion pictures.
1800-10; 1910-15 for def 4; < Italian < Latin studium; see study Unabridged
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  • Filmmakers and studios gravitated toward bigger and longer movies, but short films remained an important part of the industry.
  • Each film features behind-the-scenes conversations with contemporary artists in their studios, homes, and communities.
  • The movie studios complained, and the courts quickly ruled against projector parties.
  • Ultimately he hopes to lease modules for use as hotels, labs, or movie studios.
  • The answer is that studios, as they release fewer films, are increasingly focused on trying to develop franchises.
  • All the new ways of delivering shows to viewers are starting to pan out for the studios and the networks that own them.
  • But the studios are wedded to it, especially the cinema window.
  • studios began to make twice as much from disc sales as from cinema tickets.
  • At the same time, the studios' spending on marketing has leapt.
  • The film studios are now desperate to rewind their video businesses back to better times.
British Dictionary definitions for studios


noun (pl) -dios
a room in which an artist, photographer, or musician works
a room used to record television or radio programmes, make films, etc
(pl) the premises of a radio, television, or film company
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, literally: study, from Latin studium diligence
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Word Origin and History for studios



1819, "work-room of a sculptor or painter," from Italian studio "room for study," from Latin studium (see study). Motion picture sense first recorded 1911; radio broadcasting sense 1922; television sense 1938. Studio apartment first recorded 1903.

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Slang definitions & phrases for studios


  1. A man, esp one who is stylish, au courant, etc; dude (1929+)
  2. A sexually prodigious man; cocksman (1895+)
  3. An attractive man; hunk: Everyone knows Mike, he's the total stud of his class (1950s+)
  4. A medical student (1980s+ Medical)

[fr stud or studhorse, ''stallion, esp one kept for breeding,'' the term found by 1903; first sense popularized by 1940s jive talk]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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