Definition of cinema in English:


Syllabification: cin·e·ma
Pronunciation: /ˈsinəmə


chiefly British
1A movie theater.
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  • 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.
1.1The production of movies as an art or industry: the history of American cinema
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  • 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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