Definition of cinema in English:


Line breaks: cin¦ema
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪnɪmə
, -mɑː/


chiefly British
1A theatre where films are shown for public entertainment: I was weaned on a diet of Hollywood fantasy at my local cinema I never go to the cinema
More example sentences
  • The films were screened in cinemas across the city and at community meetings.
  • For some very strange reason we are now seeing in cinemas a British film that was made four years ago.
  • In England the film was mainly shown in art house cinemas to art house audiences.
North Americanmovie theatre, movie house
North American trademark cineplex
informal fleapit
dated picture palace, picture theatre
South African dated bioscope
historical nickelodeon
the pictures; North Americanthe movies
informal the flicks
1.1 [mass noun] The production of films as an art or industry: one of the giants of British cinema
More example sentences
  • I don't think Irish cinema has produced anything better than The Butcher Boy.
  • The film also boasts one of the most unexpected plot devices in the history of cinema, which truly has to be seen to be believed.
  • I worked with every single legend in the history of Indian cinema that was alive at that time.


early 20th century: from French cinéma, abbreviation of cinématographe (see cinematograph).

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