Definition of


  1. (noun, substance) highly flammable substance made from cellulose nitrate and camphor; used in e.g. motion-picture and X-ray film; its use has decreased with the development of nonflammable thermoplastics
  2. (noun, communication) a medium that disseminates moving pictures
    this story would be good cinema
    film coverage of sporting events
  3. (adj, all) artificial as if portrayed in a film

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Synonyms of Celluloid

cinema, film, synthetic

Alternate forms of Celluloid

Hyponyms: silver screen

Hypernyms: medium, thermoplastic, thermoplastic resin

Origin of the word Celluloid

  1. 1871, trademark name (reg. U.S.), coined by U.S. inventor John Wesley Hyatt (1837-1900) from L. cellula dim. of cella (see cell) + -oid, from Gk. -o-eides "a form, shape" (comb. form). Abbreviated form cell "sheet of celluloid" is from 1933. more

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