Definition of celluloid in US English:



  • 1A transparent flammable plastic made in sheets from camphor and nitrocellulose, formerly used for cinematographic film.

    • ‘With a few exceptions, the movie essentially lifts the musical out of the Broadway theatre and transposes it onto celluloid.’
    • ‘Variety magazine said the film was ‘as intense on celluloid as it is on the printed page’.’
    • ‘But since films were on celluloid, we weren't under the same pressure.’
    • ‘His films contain some of the most beautiful images on celluloid and he manages to raise film to that of art.’
    • ‘Words can create images, can stir ideas that can never be captured on canvas or celluloid.’
    • ‘The boots have been immortalised on celluloid in her latest film, Strictly Sinatra, directed by Peter Capaldi.’
    • ‘Considered as a ‘perfect’ place for filming, the city has been mapped several times on celluloid.’
    • ‘New materials like celluloid simulated expensive ivory and tortoiseshell.’
    • ‘It is as if I have in front of me three dolls: one made of steel, one made of celluloid, and another of glass.’
    • ‘It seems you were just celluloid, some powder and some paint.’
    • ‘In some cases, large animal puppets are completely made of celluloid because of its greater stiffness.’
    • ‘For the future, it's counting on helping Hollywood switch from celluloid to digital films.’
    • ‘The force of the argument wrought in paint or celluloid becomes more evident as time passes and validates or weakens the artist's intention.’
    • ‘When painted across a canvas of celluloid, the story as played out in the movie was even more powerful.’
    • ‘So, a game unplayed is lines of code, but a film unwatched isn't just light and celluloid?’
    • ‘Yet it takes a fictional account of a spurious global warming scenario on celluloid to get Joe Soap talking about it.’
    • ‘In 1898, one Hannibal Williston Goodwin patented celluloid film, used to make moving pictures.’
    • ‘If you are the lucky one in Berlin, you can catch football fever filmed on celluloid by 45 film-makers.’
    • ‘Under the current analogue process, finished films are copied on celluloid, put on reels and physically delivered to cinemas.’
    • ‘All you are doing is trying to capture rays of light onto a thin piece of celluloid or videotape.’
    1. 1.1 Motion pictures as a genre.
      ‘having made the leap from theater to celluloid, she can now make more money’
      • ‘The African experience is now also the subject of celluloid celebration in films such as Cry Freedom.’
      • ‘He says that he has seen a great many Hollywood films, but nothing fascinates him the way Indian celluloid does.’
      • ‘It took ‘Farewell My Concubine’ to hook me into non-English celluloid.’
      • ‘Instead of wasting your time on this limp piece of celluloid, watch Aliens or the first Predator if you need a great action fix.’
      • ‘Here's hoping that Fox continues to raid their back catalogue for more intriguing crime celluloid treats.’
      • ‘Only this time, kids will get a special mini version of what George Lucas created for celluloid lovers.’
      • ‘Old-timers returned to the world of arc-lights sending out a clear signal that age has not dimmed their interest in celluloid.’
      • ‘Ricky applied to join the Royal Ballet School, just as Billy Elliot did in the film, but unlike his celluloid opposite number he was not accepted.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, here to prove the point that less really can be more when it comes to celluloid eroticism is Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.’
      • ‘More than a year after filming finished, celluloid stardom is still on hold for Ally McCoist.’
      • ‘Videos occasionally can be as provocative and cinematic as the most amazing work of celluloid.’
      • ‘What really is weird is introducing him to her former husband and celluloid all-action hero Bruce Willis, an ancient 48.’
      • ‘Robert Alrdich's original Longest Yard still holds up as a violent, vibrant bit of celluloid crowd-pleasing.’
      • ‘Not quite captivating, not quite boring, Price of Glory reaches for celluloid glory but falls well short.’
      • ‘McDonald, Colin Brunton and others did time at celluloid sweatshop SC Communications.’
      • ‘So, how did this Oscar award winner do in India, the land of celluloid?’
      • ‘Buyer Andrew, 21, has now sold a range of unusual props from the world of celluloid, both through his website and the Antiques Centre.’
      • ‘They were my celluloid heroes in the dark days of the 1960s when I was growing up.’
      • ‘The Believer is one of those films whose story extends beyond celluloid.’
      • ‘And thus continues the changing equation of the Bollywood's celluloid romance with Pakistan.’


Mid 19th century: from cellulose + -oid.