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  1. 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.

  2. a story, event, or the like, presented in this form.

  1. movies,

    • Usually the movies . the movie industry: The movies use MPA ratings to inform patrons about content that may not be suitable for certain audiences.

    • all movies as a group, or a specific category of movies, considered as a genre: gangster movies.

    • the exhibition of movies: an evening at the movies.

    • Often the movies . a movie theater: Is there anything good playing at the movies on Main Street?

Origin of movie

First recorded in 1905–10; mov(ing picture) + -ie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use movie in a sentence

  • And so, if you 115 can't send the little fellow to college, won't you take him in the movies with you like you did Jackie Coogan?

    My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin
  • Nagkasakbit sila paglingkud sa sini, They happened to sit beside each other in the movies.

  • Radio is getting to be an awfully big thing, nearly as big as the movies.

    Radio Boys Loyalty | Wayne Whipple
  • Someone asked me several years ago, "Are you going to let your little fellow go to movies?"

    The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
  • It might have been a parade-war, an elaborately realistic imitation of the real thing for the movies.

    The Onslaught from Rigel | Fletcher Pratt

British Dictionary definitions for movie


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Origin of movie

C20: from mov (ing picture) + -ie

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