[ sin-uh-muh ]
/ ˈsɪn ə mə /


Chiefly British. motion picture.
the cinema, motion pictures collectively, as an art.
Chiefly British. a motion-picture theater.

Origin of cinema

First recorded in 1895–1900; short for cinematograph

Related forms

cin·e·mat·ic [sin-uh-mat-ik] /ˌsɪn əˈmæt ɪk/, adjectivecin·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·cin·e·mat·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cinema


/ (ˈsɪnɪmə) /


mainly British
  1. a place designed for the exhibition of films
  2. (as modifier)a cinema seat
the cinema
  1. the art or business of making films
  2. films collectively

Derived Forms

cinematic (ˌsɪnɪˈmætɪk), adjectivecinematically, adverb

Word Origin for cinema

C19 (earlier spelling kinema): shortened from cinematograph
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