One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An apparatus for showing motion-picture films.
- ‘You shall call a fine film the one that gives you an exalted idea of the cinematograph.’
- ‘The cinematograph of the Lumière brothers showed film at the Grand Café of the Boulevard des Capucines.’
- ‘The northern variety palaces were, as elsewhere, venues of mass entertainment where the kinematograph was a curiosity attached at the end of the bill.’
- ‘In 1911, the province of Ontario passed an act to regulate theatres and ‘cinematographs’ and establish a Board of Censors, the first in North America.’
- ‘‘The cinematograph is an invention without a future,’ Louis Lumière declared, ‘but at least it has a past.’’
Late 19th century: from French cinématographe, from Greek kinēma, kinēmat- ‘movement’, from kinein ‘to move’.
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