Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A film or movie.
  • n. A movie theater.
  • n. Films or movies considered as a group.
  • n. The film or movie industry.
  • n. The art or technique of making films or movies; filmmaking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a film
  • n. a movie theatre, a movie house
  • n. film or movies as a group
  • n. the film and movie industry
  • n. the art of making films and movies

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the art of creating motion pictures; ; -- often used in the phrase the cinema.
  • n. a theater where motion pictures are shown.
  • n. same as motion picture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a medium that disseminates moving pictures
  • n. a theater where films are shown

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French cinéma, short for cinématographe; see cinematograph.

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Borrowing from French cinéma, shortening of cinématographe (term coined by the Lumière brothers in the 1890s), from Ancient Greek κίνημα (kinēma, "movement")

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