- a transparent celluloid sheet on which a character, scene, etc., is drawn or painted and which constitutes one frame in the filming of an animated cartoon: may be overlapped for change of background or foreground.
Origin of cel
by shortening of celluloid
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Examples from the Web for cel
It's then we takes up the business of havin' that cel'bration.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
The “Miscellany” was an interesting publication: pronounce miscellany with the accent on mis, and not on cel.
Old French had distinct pronouns for “this” and “that”—cest (ecce istum) and cel (ecce illium), with their cases.
Celeno (Cel′eno) was one of the Harpies, progenitor of Zephyrus, the west wind.1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described
Edward S. Ellis
Cel'adon and Ame'lia, lovers of matchless beauty, and most devoted to each other.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1
The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
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Word Origin and History for cel
"celluloid sheet for an animated cartoon," from celluloid; became current by c.1990 when they became collectible.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper