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celluloid

Line breaks: cel¦lu|loid
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛljʊlɔɪd
 
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Definition of celluloid in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1A transparent flammable plastic made in sheets from camphor and nitrocellulose, formerly used for cinematographic film.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1The cinema as a genre: having made the leap from theatre to celluloid, she can now make more money
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

mid 19th century: from cellulose + -oid.

Words that rhyme with celluloid

mongoloidalkaloid

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