cinema

[ sin-uh-muh ]
/ ˈsɪn ə mə /

noun

movies collectively, as an art: During the Great Depression, cinema provided psychological comfort, an escape from the harsh realities of daily life.
Also Older Spelling, kin·e·ma [kin-uh-muh] /ˈkɪn ə mə/ .Chiefly British. movie theater: Do you know if there is a cinema near the British Museum?

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Origin of cinema

First recorded in 1895–1900; short for cinematograph

OTHER WORDS FROM cinema

cin·e·mat·ic [sin-uh-mat-ik], /ˌsɪn əˈmæt ɪk/, adjectivecin·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·cin·e·mat·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cinema

cinema
/ (ˈsɪnɪmə) /

noun

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 of cinema

cinematic (ˌsɪnɪˈmætɪk), adjectivecinematically, adverb

Word Origin for cinema

C19 (earlier spelling kinema): shortened from cinematograph
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