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,
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]