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silver screen

motion pictures; the motion-picture industry:
a star of the silver screen.
a special screen on which motion pictures are projected.
Origin of silver screen
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Across its silver screen there passed a long procession of pictures.

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell
  • And on a far wall, facing them all, hung a silver screen, fifty feet square.

    The Valley Richard Stockham
  • What was unrolled on the silver screen were chapters from Lee's own life.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • A small movie projector began to purr; a bright rectangle was thrown upon the silver screen and then, Lee stirred.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • Acknowledged by producers, directors, film stars and the public alike as an authority on the silver screen art.

    What's in the New York Evening Journal New York Evening Journal
British Dictionary definitions for silver screen

silver screen

noun (informal) the silver screen
films collectively or the film industry
the screen onto which films are projected
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for silver screen

1921, originally in reference to movie house projection screens colored with metallic paint to be more reflective. Transferred sense of "movies generally" is attested from 1924.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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