Simple Definition of film noir
: a movie about crime that uses dark shadows and lighting to show the complicated moral nature of the subject; also : this style of film
Full Definition of film noir
plural film noirs \-ˈnwär(z)\ or films noir or films noirs \-ˈnwär\
: a type of crime film featuring cynical malevolent characters in a sleazy setting and an ominous atmosphere that is conveyed by shadowy photography and foreboding background music; also : a film of this type
Origin of film noir
French, literally, black film
First Known Use: 1958
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