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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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  • They're going to take No-no home, then we're all going to the movies.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • But that's what makes these interplanetary movies great stuff.

    Reel Life Films Samuel Kimball Merwin
  • Juve-Vagualame and Bobinette left the "movies" hall at half-past ten.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • Need the "movies" be the only ones to profit by the animated cartoon?

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • "It's like some of your changes in the movies," answered Dave, smiling.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for movies


  1. an informal word for film (sense 1)
  2. (as modifier): movie ticket
Word Origin
C20: from mov(ing picture) + -ie
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for movies

"moving pictures," 1912, see 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 movies
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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