silver screen


motion pictures; the motion-picture industry: a star of the silver screen.
a special screen on which motion pictures are projected.

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Origin of silver screen

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

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British Dictionary definitions for silver screen

silver screen

noun the silver screen informal

films collectively or the film industry
the screen onto which films are projected
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Word Origin and History for silver screen

silver screen


1921, originally in reference to movie house projection screens colored with metallic paint to be more reflective. Transferred sense of "movies generally" is attested from 1924.

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