Meaning of “cinema” in the English Dictionary

"cinema" in British English

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cinemanoun

uk /ˈsɪn.ə.mə/ us /ˈsɪn.ə.mə/

A2 [ C ] mainly UK US usually movie theater a theatre where people pay to watch films:

The town no longer has a cinema.
a cinema ticket
the cinema C1 mainly UK US usually the movies

the business of making films:

He was well known for his work in the cinema.
go to the cinema US also go to the movies

to go to watch a film

More examples

  • We're going to the cinema. Do you want to come along?
  • I took her swimming to compensate for having missed out on the cinema.
  • The aforementioned Mr Parkes then entered the cinema.
  • They sat in the back row of the cinema kissing and cuddling.
  • Can you give me a lift back from the cinema tonight, Dad?

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

"cinema" in American English

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cinemanoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈsɪn·ə·mə/

movies, or the art or business of making movies:

[ U ] Her lectures on the cinema were very interesting.

esp. CdnBr A cinema is also a movie theater:

[ C ] We’d already been to the local cinema twice that week.
cinematic
adjective us /ˌsɪn·əˈmæt̬·ɪk/

The cinematic effects in this film are utterly remarkable.

(Definition of “cinema” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)