[nooz-reel, nyooz-]


a short motion picture presenting current or recent events.

Origin of newsreel

First recorded in 1915–20; news + reel1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for newsreel

Contemporary Examples of newsreel

Historical Examples of newsreel

  • I asked him, referring to the flight he had spoken about in the newsreel.

    Test Pilot

    David Goodger (

  • One feature picture, one newsreel and one animated cartoon later, they walked past the plant again.

    The Knack of Managing

    Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson

  • There were newsreel shots of V-1 and V-2 being blasted from their takeoff ramps and a montage of later experimental models.

    The Old Die Rich

    Horace Leonard Gold

  • One day I entered a motion picture house to view a newsreel of the European battlefields.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • The horror of the struggle, filled with the dead and dying, far surpassed in ferocity any representation of the newsreel.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

British Dictionary definitions for newsreel



a short film with a commentary presenting current events
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 newsreel

1916, from news (n.) + reel (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper