a motion-picture or television scenario.
Older Use. a motion picture.

Origin of screenplay

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

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the script for a film, including instructions for sets and camera work
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Word Origin and History for screenplay

1916, from screen (n.) in the cinematic sense + play (n.).

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