[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. faddist,
  2. faddy,
  3. fade,
  4. fade away,
  5. fade out,
  6. fade-out,
  7. fadeaway,
  8. fadeless,
  9. faden suture,
  10. fader

Origin of fade-in

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


[ 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



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


/ (feɪd) /



the act or an instance of fading
Derived Formsfadable, 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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Word Origin and History for fade-in



early 14c., "lose brightness, grow pale," from Old French fader "become weak, wilt, wither," from adj. fade "pale, weak, insipid" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, some sort of blending of Latin fatuus "silly, tasteless" + vapidus "flat, flavorless." Related: Faded; fading. As a noun, from c.1300.

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