English, Greek, South African English, AfrikaansShow more Obsolete English, cinema projector, from Greek bios life + skopein to look at; the continued use of the word in South African English was no doubt reinforced by Afrikaans bioskoop movies, cinema.
a.A motion-picture film; bio. Also attributive.Cf. fliek.
[1898The Jrnl 19 Mar. 2Albany Hall. To-Night (Saturday), And following Nights. James’s Bioscope and micro-Phonograph Entertainment.]
1902Star 1 JuneThe bioscope entertainment to be given on Saturday next..promises to be bright and enjoyable.
1916L.D. FlemmingFool on Veld (1933) 92His face, very naturally, went ashy white — a sort of whiteness you meet in bioscopes, or in William Le Queux’s novels.
1920S.C. Cronwright-Schreiner Letter. 15 Aug.The building is large, with a big dining room & a free ‘kinema’ (bioscope) running all day.
1965C. Van HeyningenOrange Days 14With an eyebrow cocked up interrogatively, like a comedian’s on the bioscope.
1965J. BennettHawk Alone 106That night he took her to a very bad cinema show (in South Africa they called them bioscopes then, and still do: it is only by the more sophisticated people that they are called the movies, or the flicks).
1979Sunday Times 8 July 3They could get out on Friday night to the church coffee bar..and see religious bioscopes.
1915Cape 8 Oct. 19They extended to her facetious invitations to the theatre and the bioscope.
1929J.G. Van AlphenJan Venter 171All these ladies might very well have stepped out of some such garden-party as he had seen depicted in illustrated papers, or at the bioscope.
1939J.G. Chalmers inOutspan 13 Oct. 71The boy who lives in this age of wireless and bioscopes presents the same difficulty and demands the same just treatment as he who appears to have been less favoured in past days.
1971Personality 28 May 30It seems to me only fair that if the ‘little bioscope’ is to be allowed to insinuate itself into everyone’s homes on the Sabbath, the big bioscope should be allowed the same privilege.
1977E. Prov. Herald 1 July 15Dr Albert Hertzog..who called television an ‘immoral mini-bioscope’..will make his television debut soon.
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