[ on-kam-er-uh, -kam-ruh, awn- ]


  1. within the range of a motion-picture or television camera; while being filmed or televised:

    on-camera blunders; The assassination happened on-camera.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of on-camera1

First recorded in 1960–65

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Idioms and Phrases

Being filmed, as in When the talk-show host began, I wasn't sure if we were on camera . This usage dates from the first half of the 1900s, soon after the birth of motion-picture and television filming. The same is true of the antonym off camera , meaning “outside the view of a movie or TV camera,” as in Go ahead and scratch—we're off camera now .

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Example Sentences

Open-carry activists are known for baiting cops into on-camera arguments about the Second Amendment and state laws.

The procedure was captured on-camera and released by the human rights organization, Reprieve.

Scotland has terrible weather—always good as dramatic background for on-camera live reports.

During his on-camera appearances on Monday, Mohyeldin was wearing all black as a silent protest of the verdict.

MacKenzie said asking friends and a spouse about an on-camera talent is perfectly reasonable.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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