[ sin-uh-mat-uh-graf, -grahf ]
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  1. an early movie camera or projector, often a single mechanical device to record and project film.

  2. Older Use. a movie theater.

verb (used with or without object)
  1. Older Use. to record as a movie.

Origin of cinematograph

First recorded in 1895–1900; from French cinématographe, equivalent to cinémat- (from Greek kīnēmat-, stem of kī́nēma “motion”) + -o- connecting vowel + -graphe noun suffix; see -o-, -graph
  • Also Older Spelling, kin·e·mat·o·graph [kin-uh-mat-uh-graf, -grahf, kahy-nuh-] /ˌkɪn əˈmæt əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf, ˌkaɪ nə-/ .

Other words from cinematograph

  • cin·e·mat·o·graph·ic [sin-uh-mat-uh-graf-ik], /ˌsɪn əˌmæt əˈgræf ɪk/, adjective
  • cin·e·mat·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby cinematograph Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cinematograph in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cinematograph


/ (ˌsɪnɪˈmætəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) mainly British /

  1. a combined camera, printer, and projector

  1. to take pictures (of) with a film camera

Origin of cinematograph

C19 (earlier spelling kinematograph): from Greek kinēmat-, kinēma motion + -graph

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