screenplay

[skreen-pley]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. screening,
  2. screening test,
  3. screenings,
  4. screenland,
  5. screeno,
  6. screensaver,
  7. screenshort,
  8. screenshot,
  9. screenwriter,
  10. screet

Origin of screenplay

First recorded in 1915–20; screen + play

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British Dictionary definitions for screenplay

screenplay

noun

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

screenplay

n.

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

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