Definition of reel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//riːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːl//
    Film-making equipment, Pieces of music
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  1. 1(especially British English) (also spool especially in North American English) a round object around which you wind such things as thread, wire or film; a reel together with the film, wire, thread, etc. that is wound around it a cotton reel a reel on a fishing rod reels of magnetic tape a new reel of film The hero was killed in the final reel (= in the final part of the film/movie). See related entries: Film-making equipment
  2. 2a fast Scottish, Irish or American dance, usually for two or four couples; a piece of music for this dance See related entries: Pieces of music
  3. Word OriginOld English hrēol, denoting a rotating device on which spun thread is wound; of unknown origin.Extra examples a reel of cotton/​film/​string/​tape/​thread He wanted to buy a new fishing reel. Reel-to-reel tape systems use open reels of magnetic tape for recording and playback. She threaded a new reel of film into the projector. The hero was killed in the final reel. The sewing basket and a box of cotton reels lay at her feet.
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