[ feyd-in ]
/ ˈfeɪdˌɪn /


Movies, Television. a gradual increase in the visibility of a scene.
Broadcasting, Recording. a gradual increase in the volume of sound, especially of recorded or broadcast music, dialogue, or the like, usually starting from complete inaudibility.

Origin of fade-in

First recorded in 1915–20; noun use of verb phrase fade in

Definition for fade-in (2 of 2)


[ feyd ]
/ feɪd /

verb (used without object), fad·ed, fad·ing.

verb (used with object), fad·ed, fad·ing.


Origin of fade

1275–1325; 1915–20 for def 5; Middle English faden, derivative of fade pale, dull < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *fatidus, for Latin fatuus fatuous

Related forms

Synonym study

4. See disappear.
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British Dictionary definitions for fade-in (1 of 2)



films an optical effect in which a shot appears gradually out of darkness
a gradual increase in the volume in a radio or television broadcast

verb fade in (adverb)

Also: fade up to increase or cause to increase gradually, as vision or sound in a film or broadcast

British Dictionary definitions for fade-in (2 of 2)


/ (feɪd) /



the act or an instance of fading

Derived Forms

fadable, adjectivefadedness, nounfader, noun

Word Origin for fade

C14: from fade (adj) dull, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin fatidus (unattested), probably blend of Latin vapidus vapid + Latin fatuus fatuous
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