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[nooz-reel, nyooz-] /ˈnuzˌril, ˈnyuz-/
a short motion picture presenting current or recent events.
Origin of newsreel
First recorded in 1915-20; news + reel1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I asked him, referring to the flight he had spoken about in the newsreel.

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  • One feature picture, one newsreel and one animated cartoon later, they walked past the plant again.

    The Knack of Managing

    Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
  • There were newsreel shots of V-1 and V-2 being blasted from their takeoff ramps and a montage of later experimental models.

    The Old Die Rich Horace Leonard Gold
  • One day I entered a motion picture house to view a newsreel of the European battlefields.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • The horror of the struggle, filled with the dead and dying, far surpassed in ferocity any representation of the newsreel.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Reporters and newsreel cameramen swarmed over my quarters at Grosvenor House.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • newsreel trucks, television units, press cars twisted among the vehicles heading for the desert.

    Adolescents Only Irving E. Cox
British Dictionary definitions for newsreel


a short film with a commentary presenting current events
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for newsreel

1916, from news (n.) + reel (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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