[ moo-vee ]
/ ˈmu vi /
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a sequence of consecutive still images recorded in a series to be viewed on a screen in such rapid succession as to give the illusion of natural movement; motion picture.
a story, event, or the like, presented in this form.
  1. Usually the movies . the movie industry: The movies use MPAA ratings to inform patrons about content that may not be suitable for certain audiences.
  2. all movies as a group, or a specific category of movies, considered as a genre: gangster movies.
  3. the exhibition of movies: an evening at the movies.
  4. Often the movies . a movie theater: Is there anything good playing at the movies on Main Street?
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Origin of movie

First recorded in 1905–10; mov(ing picture) + -ie
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British Dictionary definitions for movie

/ (ˈmuːvɪ) /

  1. an informal word for film (def. 1)
  2. (as modifier)movie ticket

Word Origin for movie

C20: from mov (ing picture) + -ie
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