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Etymology of cinema

Posted by Johannes on 3 April 2011

Origin of the word cinema .

The word cinema comes from the French cinéma, shortened from cinématographe, coined 1890s by Lumiere brothers, who invented it, from the Greek cinema (movement; better pronounced as kinima; Gr: κίνημα), from the verb cino (to move; better pronounced as kino; Gr: κινώ).
See also the post entitled “Etymology of cite” here.
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From the same root

 

English: cinematography, cinerama, cinemascope, kinetics, kinematics, kineto

 

French: cinema, cinematographe,

 

Italian: cinematografo,

 

Spanish: cine, cinematica,
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German: Kino, Kinematograph
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 In modern Greek (Romeika) 

 

a) cinema: cinema [Gr: σινεμά

 

b) kinima: movement [Gr: κίνημα]

 

c) cinimatographos (better pronounced as kinimatographos): cinema [Gr: κινηματογράφος]

 

d) kino: to move [Gr:κινώ]

 

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See also: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=cinema&searchmode=none

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