a motion-picture scenario; screenplay.

Origin of photoplay

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; photo- + play
Related formspho·to·play·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • He had been only two hours preparing the "photoplay" and it looked like "easy money."

    The Fiction Factory

    John Milton Edwards

  • She turned a page of the new Photoplay and cried suddenly, Look at this!

    Beginners Luck

    Emily Hahn

  • Because we must act in the photoplay, you see, in lieu of other performers.

    Polly and Her Friends Abroad

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • "Fat lot you care," complained the photoplay actor sullenly.

    Steve Yeager

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Scarcely a photoplay but hints at the Imagists in one scene.