One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A coloured coating or pellicle.
2A cinema film (or formerly a photograph) produced in natural colours.
3A film suitable for producing colour photographs.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Philip Hamerton (1834–1894), artist and essayist. From colour + film.
colour film/ˈkʌlə ˌfɪlm/
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