Definition of cinematograph in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsinəˈmadəɡraf/
(also kinematograph /ˌkinə-/)


historical, chiefly British
An early motion-picture projector.
Example sentences
  • The cinematograph of the Lumière brothers showed film at the Grand Café of the Boulevard des Capucines.
  • In 1911, the province of Ontario passed an act to regulate theatres and ‘cinematographs’ and establish a Board of Censors, the first in North America.
  • ‘The cinematograph is an invention without a future,’ Louis Lumière declared, ‘but at least it has a past.’


Late 19th century: from French cinématographe, from Greek kinēma, kinēmat- 'movement', from kinein 'to move'.

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Syllabification: cin·e·mat·o·graph

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