Definition of cineaste in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪnɪast/
(also cineast)


1A filmmaker.
Example sentences
  • Nouvelle vague of the 1960s was conceived in a similar spirit by French cineasts who realized that the Hollywood studios had turned the movie into a product to be consumed.
1.1A person who is fond of or knowledgeable about the cinema.
Example sentences
  • The dialogue sparkles, and the development of the story may have some cineastes thinking of Eric Rohmer.
  • She'd come on an intellectual pilgrimage in search of French cineastes who could discuss the films of Renoir, Cocteau, Bunuel.
  • The film adaptation attracted excited and enthusiastic critical comment from cineastes, especially in France.


1920s: from French cinéaste, from ciné (from cinéma), on the pattern of enthousiaste 'enthusiast'.

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