[ sin-uh-mat-uh-graf, -grahf ]
/ ˌsɪn əˈmæt əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf /
Chiefly British


a motion-picture projector.
a motion-picture camera.

verb (used with or without object)

to photograph with a motion-picture camera.

Origin of cinematograph

1895–1900; < French cinématographe, equivalent to cinémat- (< Greek kīnēmat-, stem of kī́nēma motion) + -o- -o- + -graphe -graph

OTHER WORDS FROM cinematograph

cin·e·mat·o·graph·ic [sin-uh-mat-uh-graf-ik] /ˌsɪn əˌmæt əˈgræf ɪk/, adjectivecin·e·mat·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cinematograph

/ (ˌsɪnɪˈmætəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) mainly British /


a combined camera, printer, and projector


to take pictures (of) with a film camera

Word Origin for cinematograph

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