Definition of Betamax in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbiːtəmaks/


[mass noun] trademark in the US
A format for video recorders, now largely obsolete.
Example sentences
  • In 1976, movie studios sued Sony over its Betamax videotape recorder, claiming it facilitated piracy.
  • Until recently, I thought electronic books were sharing a graveyard with eight-track tapes, Betamax video recorders and record players.
  • Sony's Betamax video tape recorder, which famously lost the 1980s video format war but held on for decades as a niche product, will finally be laid to rest after digital formats delivered a death blow…


1970s: from Japanese beta 'all over' + -max from maximum.

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