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[moo-vee] /ˈmu vi/
motion-picture theater (often preceded by the):
The movie is next-door to the hardware store.
  1. motion pictures, as an industry (usually preceded by the):
    The movies have had to raise prices.
  2. motion pictures, as a genre of art or entertainment:
    gangster movies.
  3. the exhibition of a motion pictures:
    an evening at the movies.
Origin of movie
First recorded in 1905-10; mov(ing picture) + -ie Unabridged
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  • There is always some stray silver in the bead bag of a movie patron.

  • I tried to lure my landlady out to a movie, but she thriftily refused.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • When Arnold Hatch asked her to go to a movie she shook her head, usually.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • Which was just where, like most movie uncles, he overdid the part.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • Now if this was a movie play we was dopin' out it would be simple.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for movie


  1. an informal word for film (sense 1)
  2. (as modifier): movie ticket
Word Origin
C20: from mov(ing picture) + -ie
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Word Origin and History for movie

1912 (perhaps 1908), shortened form of moving picture in the cinematographic sense (1896). As an adjective from 1913. Movie star attested from 1913. Another early name for it was photoplay.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for movie
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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