motion-picture theater (often preceded by the): The movie is next-door to the hardware store.
  1. motion pictures, as an industry (usually preceded by the): The movies have had to raise prices.
  2. motion pictures, as a genre of art or entertainment: gangster movies.
  3. the exhibition of a motion pictures: an evening at the movies.

Origin of movie

First recorded in 1905–10; mov(ing picture) + -ie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for movies

Contemporary Examples of movies

Historical Examples of movies

  • They're going to take No-no home, then we're all going to the movies.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • But that's what makes these interplanetary movies great stuff.

    Reel Life Films

    Samuel Kimball Merwin

  • Juve-Vagualame and Bobinette left the "movies" hall at half-past ten.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • Need the "movies" be the only ones to profit by the animated cartoon?

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • "It's like some of your changes in the movies," answered Dave, smiling.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer

British Dictionary definitions for movies



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

Word Origin for movie

C20: from mov (ing picture) + -ie
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for movies

"moving pictures," 1912, see movie.



1912 (perhaps 1908), shortened form of moving picture in the cinematographic sense (1896). As an adjective from 1913. Movie star attested from 1913. Another early name for it was photoplay.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper