- 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
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Examples from the Web for silver screen
From a crackhead to Sam Kinison to even Jon Stewart, Marlow Stern on the best bad apples in the bunch of silver-screen teachers.Hollywood's Best Worst Teachers
June 24, 2011
- films collectively or the film industry
- the screen onto which films are projected
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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.
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