Definition of celluloid in English:


Syllabification: cel·lu·loid
Pronunciation: /ˈselyəˌloid


  • 1A transparent flammable plastic made in sheets from camphor and nitrocellulose, formerly used for cinematographic film.
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    • The boots have been immortalised on celluloid in her latest film, Strictly Sinatra, directed by Peter Capaldi.
    • New materials like celluloid simulated expensive ivory and tortoiseshell.
    • Under the current analogue process, finished films are copied on celluloid, put on reels and physically delivered to cinemas.
  • 1.1Motion pictures as a genre: having made the leap from theater to celluloid, she can now make more money
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    • Meanwhile, here to prove the point that less really can be more when it comes to celluloid eroticism is Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
    • Only this time, kids will get a special mini version of what George Lucas created for celluloid lovers.
    • Here's hoping that Fox continues to raid their back catalogue for more intriguing crime celluloid treats.


mid 19th century: from cellulose + -oid.

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