Definition of cinema in US English:

cinema

noun

British
  • 1A theater where movies are shown for public entertainment; a movie theater.

    • ‘The film is being distributed in cinemas by Miramax and is already being touted as a possible Oscar contender.’
    • ‘Some small local cinemas were still staggering along, run by enthusiastic amateurs.’
    • ‘The films never made it to cinemas, so customers had to find them on the internet.’
    • ‘The film is on at only two London cinemas and is unlikely to be released elsewhere.’
    • ‘After starting work as a projectionist at 15, Arthur worked at various cinemas in Hyde.’
    • ‘I should make more of an effort to see films in cinemas.’
    • ‘Industry commentators agree it is just a matter of time before digital technology replaces film in cinemas.’
    • ‘The studio publicly disowned the film and briefly banned it from its own cinemas.’
    • ‘For some very strange reason we are now seeing in cinemas a British film that was made four years ago.’
    • ‘In England the film was mainly shown in art house cinemas to art house audiences.’
    • ‘His difficulties in getting his film made and into cinemas are by now well known.’
    • ‘It will be released in UK cinemas later this year and looks certain to be a huge talking point.’
    • ‘The council was accused of trying to stop cinemas showing films on Sunday by stealth.’
    • ‘The US is finally getting tough on people who use mobile phones in cinemas.’
    • ‘Sitting in a full and happy cinema certainly adds another dimension to a film.’
    • ‘Few films of its era can boast of such continuing popularity in art house cinemas.’
    • ‘It is hoped that the film will not only go to video but will be shown to movie-goers at local arts cinemas.’
    • ‘The Film Institute is home to two cinemas, a specialist film bookshop, an education department and a bar restaurant.’
    • ‘The films were screened in cinemas across the city and at community meetings.’
    • ‘Pirate copies of some of the latest films to hit cinemas are easily available at markets across the country.’
    movie theatre, movie house
    the pictures
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    1. 1.1 The production of movies as an art or industry.
      ‘the history of American cinema’
      • ‘The film also boasts one of the most unexpected plot devices in the history of cinema, which truly has to be seen to be believed.’
      • ‘His new film is American independent cinema at its best.’
      • ‘It is the first film to bring Chinese cinema to Western audiences on a large scale.’
      • ‘This is much more than a simple critical or social analysis of the history of cinema.’
      • ‘Those who denigrate cinema, dismissing it for its mass appeal, refuse to see film as an art form.’
      • ‘For fans of Japanese cinema, in particular, this film has been big news for some time now.’
      • ‘Casablanca is known as a piece of classic cinema.’
      • ‘It is, in the main, well worth seeing for any fan of historical cinema.’
      • ‘Her growing interest in issues of world cinema finds an expression in this essay.’
      • ‘His legacy in the canon of Canadian cinema is of a director who was far ahead of his time.’
      • ‘What we have in common is that we both love the same period of American cinema.’
      • ‘It takes a very special film to get British audiences excited about British cinema.’
      • ‘Who actually watches these dreadful films and thinks that they're masterpieces of modern cinema?’
      • ‘It promises a wide variety of cinema to suit both devoted French film fans and newcomers alike.’
      • ‘The music is so overpowering at times that the film seems more like a pop video than a piece of cinema.’
      • ‘He offers his thoughts on his work and his approach to cinema and art in general.’
      • ‘I worked with every single legend in the history of Indian cinema that was alive at that time.’
      • ‘Lyubov Orlova was probably the most glamorous and popular actress of Soviet cinema.’
      • ‘Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr is one of the most celebrated auteurs in world cinema.’
      • ‘I don't think Irish cinema has produced anything better than The Butcher Boy.’
      films, pictures
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Origin

Early 20th century: from French cinéma, abbreviation of cinématographe (see cinematograph).

Pronunciation

cinema

/ˈsɪnəmə//ˈsinəmə/