block·​bust·​er ˈbläk-ˌbə-stər How to pronounce blockbuster (audio)
often attributive
: a very large high-explosive bomb
: one that is notably expensive, effective, successful, large, or extravagant
: one who engages in blockbusting

Examples of blockbuster in a Sentence

a 900-page blockbuster of a novel the movie is expected to be the biggest blockbuster of the summer
Recent Examples on the Web During the summer, when Hollywood produces blockbusters that cater to those on vacation from school and looking to beat the heat, Latinos are consistently the group that boosts box office success. Isabel Yip, NBC News, 4 July 2024 There are strong rumors swirling around out there that the indefatigable McKellen will make an appearance in director Shawn Levy’s eagerly awaited Marvel summer blockbuster Deadpool & Wolverine starring Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, opening in theaters on July 26. Baz Bamigboye, Deadline, 4 July 2024 Loading your audio article In a blockbuster decision, the Supreme Court has held for the first time that social media platforms, just like newspapers, have First Amendment rights that bar the government from forcing them to leave up or take down content. Noah Feldman, The Mercury News, 3 July 2024 Director Jan de Bont has nothing but praise for the late Bill Paxton and Philip Seymour Hoffman, who both starred in his 1996 blockbuster Twister. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for blockbuster 

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of blockbuster was in 1942

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“Blockbuster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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block·​bust·​er ˈbläk-ˌbəs-tər How to pronounce blockbuster (audio)
: one that is very large, successful, or violent
a blockbuster of a movie

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