Meaning of “Bollywood” in the English Dictionary

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"Bollywood" in British English

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uk /ˈbɒl.i.wʊd/ us /ˈbɑː.li.wʊd/


  • Almost 1,000 movies come out of Bollywood every year.
  • Bollywood movies always have a lot of singing and dancing, often with big groups of people.
  • Let’s watch a Bollywood film this evening.
  • Most of the actors in a Bollywood movie don’t sing.
  • Mumbai is home to Bollywood.
  • Some of the easiest kinds of dances to learn include cowboy line dancing, basic hip-hop moves, or a Bollywood routine.
  • Sometimes Bollywood songs tell us about the thoughts and emotions of one or more of the characters in the movie.
  • The name Bollywood comes from Bombay (the old name for Mumbai) and Hollywood.

(Definition of “Bollywood” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)