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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.
From the same root


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


French: cinema, cinematographe,


Italian: cinematografo,


Spanish: cine, cinematica,


German: Kino, Kinematograph
 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]



Post 177.


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

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