[ nooz-reel, nyooz- ]

  1. a short motion picture presenting current or recent events.

Origin of newsreel

First recorded in 1915–20; news + reel1

Words Nearby newsreel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use newsreel in a sentence

  • Some of the best newsreel footage was shot by our greatest film directors, John Ford and John Huston.

    Diving Into The Pacific | Allen Barra | May 6, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • This book is more like an early newsreel, with no search for larger historical causes.

    The Best of Brit Lit | Peter Stothard | September 23, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • 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
  • Reporters and newsreel cameramen swarmed over my quarters at Grosvenor House.

    Autobiography of a YOGI | Paramhansa Yogananda
  • I asked him, referring to the flight he had spoken about in the newsreel.

    Test Pilot | David Goodger (

British Dictionary definitions for newsreel


/ (ˈnjuːzˌriːl) /

  1. a short film with a commentary presenting current events

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