Meaning of celluloid in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɛljʊlɔɪd/

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mass noun
  • 1A transparent flammable plastic made in sheets from camphor and nitrocellulose, formerly used for cinematographic film.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘If you are the lucky one in Berlin, you can catch football fever filmed on celluloid by 45 film-makers.’
    • ‘For the future, it's counting on helping Hollywood switch from celluloid to digital films.’
    • ‘But since films were on celluloid, we weren't under the same pressure.’
    • ‘When painted across a canvas of celluloid, the story as played out in the movie was even more powerful.’
    • ‘Yet it takes a fictional account of a spurious global warming scenario on celluloid to get Joe Soap talking about it.’
    • ‘With a few exceptions, the movie essentially lifts the musical out of the Broadway theatre and transposes it onto celluloid.’
    • ‘The force of the argument wrought in paint or celluloid becomes more evident as time passes and validates or weakens the artist's intention.’
    • ‘Words can create images, can stir ideas that can never be captured on canvas or celluloid.’
    • ‘In 1898, one Hannibal Williston Goodwin patented celluloid film, used to make moving pictures.’
    • ‘Considered as a ‘perfect’ place for filming, the city has been mapped several times on celluloid.’
    • ‘Variety magazine said the film was ‘as intense on celluloid as it is on the printed page’.’
    • ‘His films contain some of the most beautiful images on celluloid and he manages to raise film to that of art.’
    • ‘So, a game unplayed is lines of code, but a film unwatched isn't just light and celluloid?’
    • ‘It is as if I have in front of me three dolls: one made of steel, one made of celluloid, and another of glass.’
    • ‘It seems you were just celluloid, some powder and some paint.’
    • ‘In some cases, large animal puppets are completely made of celluloid because of its greater stiffness.’
    • ‘All you are doing is trying to capture rays of light onto a thin piece of celluloid or videotape.’
    1. 1.1The cinema as a genre.
      ‘having made the leap from theatre to celluloid, she can now make more money’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What really is weird is introducing him to her former husband and celluloid all-action hero Bruce Willis, an ancient 48.’
      • ‘They were my celluloid heroes in the dark days of the 1960s when I was growing up.’
      • ‘Not quite captivating, not quite boring, Price of Glory reaches for celluloid glory but falls well short.’
      • ‘McDonald, Colin Brunton and others did time at celluloid sweatshop SC Communications.’
      • ‘And thus continues the changing equation of the Bollywood's celluloid romance with Pakistan.’
      • ‘Videos occasionally can be as provocative and cinematic as the most amazing work of celluloid.’
      • ‘So, how did this Oscar award winner do in India, the land of celluloid?’
      • ‘Robert Alrdich's original Longest Yard still holds up as a violent, vibrant bit of celluloid crowd-pleasing.’
      • ‘Instead of wasting your time on this limp piece of celluloid, watch Aliens or the first Predator if you need a great action fix.’
      • ‘More than a year after filming finished, celluloid stardom is still on hold for Ally McCoist.’
      • ‘The African experience is now also the subject of celluloid celebration in films such as Cry Freedom.’
      • ‘Ricky applied to join the Royal Ballet School, just as Billy Elliot did in the film, but unlike his celluloid opposite number he was not accepted.’
      • ‘The Believer is one of those films whose story extends beyond celluloid.’
      • ‘He says that he has seen a great many Hollywood films, but nothing fascinates him the way Indian celluloid does.’
      • ‘Old-timers returned to the world of arc-lights sending out a clear signal that age has not dimmed their interest in celluloid.’
      • ‘It took ‘Farewell My Concubine’ to hook me into non-English celluloid.’
      • ‘Buyer Andrew, 21, has now sold a range of unusual props from the world of celluloid, both through his website and the Antiques Centre.’


Mid 19th century from cellulose+ -oid.