[ skreen-test ]
/ ˈskrinˌtɛst /

verb (used with object)

to give a screen test to: The studio screen-tested 400 children before casting the part.

verb (used without object)

to undergo a screen test: Dozens of actors have screen-tested for the role.


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Origin of screen-test

First recorded in 1965–70; v. use of noun phrase screen test

Definition for screen-test (2 of 2)

screen test


a filmed audition to determine the suitability of an individual for appearing or acting in a motion picture.

Origin of screen test

First recorded in 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for screen-test

  • In 1989, Lowe jets off to Paris to screen-test for a part in a Roman Polanski project opposite Jack Nicholson called Pirates.

    Rob Lowe's Memoir Revealed|Marlow Stern|April 25, 2011|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for screen-test

screen test


a filmed audition of a prospective actor or actress to test suitability
the test film so made
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