Definition of small screen in US English:

small screen


the small screen
  • Television as a medium.

    ‘transplanting the timeless values of good literature to the small screen’
    • ‘He recounted an indelible moment in British small-screen history, from a talk show aired in 1976.’
    • ‘Belle, the purported London call girl, thus becomes holder of a unique title: while many bloggers and webmasters have parlayed their efforts into books, she is the first to wrangle a small-screen deal.’
    • ‘It'll be curious to see how well small-screen creds translate to the small stage.’
    • ‘Given that reality television is descending ever closer to the bottom of the barrel, what sport is better placed than boxing to dump a has-been back into the small-screen spotlight?’
    • ‘Balamory's small-screen excitement might be capturing the headlines, but these two family favourites are a great reminder that family entertainment can be equally engaging without the hype.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, Henry V has been a popular subject for both large and small-screen adaptations, having inspired two major films and several television versions.’
    • ‘That small-screen serials, how much riveting, cannot be an alternative to real, dramatic action on stage.’
    • ‘The pair will return in the next few months with a bus-load of colleagues from computer firm Intel, who are all eager to glimpse Bolton's famous small-screen locations.’
    • ‘Still, it's come home that for about twenty years or so, people have gone to the movies to watch television, to be entertained and amused in a small-screen kind of way with big-screen kinds of visuals.’
    • ‘The small-screen stars put on their Sunday best and honored each other at the Emmy Awards last Sunday.’
    • ‘What's more, the rest of the week is a small-screen desert.’
    • ‘It eventually saw the light of day as a webcast, and drew fans by the hordes, keen to hear how this intended series pilot had treated their small-screen hero.’
    • ‘Now that Saturday Night Live is firmly ensconced as a small-screen institution, it's hard to recapture the original energy and excitement behind the show.’
    • ‘But was society still as innocent, still as racially unaware, when the show made its small-screen debut transmitting live from London's Shepherd's Bush in 1958?’
    • ‘But I suspect that this likeable Pride & Prejudice will remain in the shadow of its small-screen predecessor, for that's the one people will still love.’
    • ‘She's the most relaxed of the small-screen tot wranglers - ‘Unless there's blood or teeth marks,’ she advises, ‘you don't need to do anything else.’’
    • ‘And even those early small-screen housewives were subversive in their way.’
    • ‘But, then, as Wells noted, there's always something anti-climactic about encountering the reality behind small-screen magic.’
    • ‘Have a small-screen experience at the theater!’
    • ‘Clearly its unpretentious dimensions were calculated to fit the small-screen format of fifties live television, and any attempt to inflate the project to Broadway proportions might well be doomed to failure.’


small screen

/ˌsmôl ˈskrēn//ˌsmɔl ˈskrin/