movie

A movie is a film that you watch at a theater or at home on your TV, laptop, or tablet. Movie is short for "moving picture," which was pretty exciting in the late 1800s.

You can rave about your favorite movie — whether it's "Citizen Kane" or "The Lion King" — and you can also talk about "the movies," or films in general and the industry that makes them. You might dream of working in the movies, for example. Before about 1912, movies were called "motion pictures." Movie is a shortened form of the phrase, which some people abbreviate into the more old-fashioned sounding "pictures."

Definitions of movie
  1. noun
    a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
    “they went to a movie every Saturday night”
    synonyms: film, flick, motion picture, motion-picture show, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, picture, picture show
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    telefilm
    a movie that is made to be shown on television
    feature, feature film
    the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater
    final cut
    the final edited version of a movie as approved by the director and producer
    home movie
    a film made at home by an amateur photographer
    collage film
    a movie that juxtaposes different kinds of footage
    coming attraction
    a movie that is advertised to draw customers
    shoot-'em-up
    a movie featuring shooting and violence
    short subject
    a brief film; often shown prior to showing the feature
    docudrama, documentary, documentary film, infotainment
    a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event
    cinema verite
    a movie that shows ordinary people in actual activities without being controlled by a director
    film noir
    a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters
    skin flick
    a pornographic movie
    rough cut
    the first print of a movie after preliminary editing
    silent movie, silent picture, silents
    a movie without a soundtrack
    slow motion
    a movie that apparently takes place at a slower than normal speed; achieved by taking the film at a faster rate
    talkie, talking picture
    a movie with synchronized speech and singing
    3-D, 3D, three-D
    a movie with images having three dimensional form or appearance
    musical, musical comedy, musical theater
    a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing
    Western, horse opera
    a film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development
    animated cartoon, cartoon, toon
    a film made by photographing a series of cartoon drawings to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence
    newsreel
    a short film and commentary about current events
    peepshow
    a short pornographic film shown in a small coin-operated booth
    type of:
    product, production
    an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
    show
    a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
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