Adjective "cel" definition and examples

(Cel may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A transparent sheet of celluloid or similar film material, which can be drawn on and used in the production of cartoons.
  1. 'Four extensive stills galleries featuring sketches, theatrical posters, promotional cards, and cels are included.'
  2. 'At Leigh's gallery in Soho, Dr. Seuss drawings share wall space with Snoopy paintings and original production cels of Wile E. Coyote and Tom and Jerry.'
  3. 'Computers would replace the archaic technique of creating an image on paper, transferring it to transparent cels and again onto film.'
  4. 'Thus, the age of original, hand-painted production cels is over.'
  5. 'The package I received also contained an animated cel (not an original) in a cardboard frame.'
  6. 'It offers a wide variety of paintings and fine art prints, original production animation art and cels, pre-Columbian pottery, antique porcelain, art glass, bronze and marble sculpture and estate jewelry.'
  7. 'If you've ever seen the basic cels of a cartoon from Disney or Warner Bros., you'll recognize the painstaking detail that has gone into these scenes.'
  8. 'A lot of tourists bought Bullwinkle cels and Rocky dolls there, unaware the guy with the handlebar mustache who was taking their money was Jay Ward.'
  9. 'Animators made hundreds of sketches and watercolor background scenes for each cartoon and used dozens of hand-painted cels per second to capture each increment of a character's movements.'
  10. 'Some collectors actually prefer this art over the slick, polished cels.'

More definitions

1. a transparent celluloid sheet on which a character, scene, etc., is drawn or painted and which constitutes one frame in the filming of an animated cartoon: may be overlapped for change of background or foreground.

More examples(as adjective)

"animations can be cel."


Mid 20th century: abbreviation of celluloid.