Definition of big picture in US English:

big picture


  • 1Informal. The main film in a cinema programme, a feature film; (more generally) a major, big-budget film.

  • 2Originally US (usually with the) a broad overview of a situation, issue, or problem; a wide perspective or appraisal, especially regarded as an effective way to identify essential features or evaluate overall aims and strategy.


Early 20th century. From big + picture.


big picture

/bɪɡ ˈpɪktʃə/