nounhistorical, chiefly British
An apparatus for showing motion-picture films.
- 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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