film Definition

  • 1a thin flexible strip of plastic or other material coated with light-sensitive emulsion for exposure in a camera, used to produce photographs or motion pictures
  • 2a movie or a type of movie
  • 3a story or event recorded by a camera as a set of moving images and shown in a cinema or on television

Using film: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "film" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to buy some film for my camera.

  • Example

    Have you seen the new James Bond film?

  • Example

    The film tells the story of a young boy and his dog.

  • Example

    She studied film at university and now works in the industry.

film Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for film

Idioms Using film

  • recorded or captured by a camera


    The entire concert was recorded on film and later released on DVD.

  • a phrase used in television news broadcasts to indicate that a story will be covered in more detail later in the program


    We'll have more information on the breaking news story - film at eleven.

  • go to the pictures (UK) / go to the movies (US)

    go to a cinema to watch a movie


    Do you want to go to the pictures tonight?

Phrases with film

  • a person who is very interested in and knowledgeable about films


    He's a real film buff and has seen every classic movie ever made.

  • a style or genre of cinematographic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace


    The Maltese Falcon is a classic example of film noir.

  • an organized, extended presentation of films in one or more cinemas or screening venues, usually in a single city or region


    The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.

Origins of film

from the French word 'pellicule', meaning 'thin skin' or 'membrane'


Summary: film in Brief

The term 'film' [fɪlm] refers to a thin strip of light-sensitive material used to produce photographs or motion pictures. It also denotes a story or event recorded by a camera as a set of moving images and shown in a cinema or on television. 'Film' extends into phrases like 'film buff,' and idioms like 'on film,' denoting recorded by a camera, and 'go to the pictures/movies,' meaning to watch a movie at a cinema.

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