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silver screen

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  1. motion pictures; the motion-picture industry: a star of the silver screen.
  2. a special screen on which motion pictures are projected.

Origin of silver screen

First recorded in 1915–20
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silver screen

noun the silver screen informal
  1. films collectively or the film industry
  2. the screen onto which films are projected
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Word Origin and History for silver screen

n.

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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