noun, often attributive
block·​bust·​er | \ ˈbläk-ˌbə-stər How to pronounce blockbuster (audio) \

Definition of blockbuster

1 : a very large high-explosive bomb
2 : one that is notably expensive, effective, successful, large, or extravagant
3 : one who engages in blockbusting

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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

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At cinemas in the capital, Yakutsk, local productions often outgross Hollywood blockbusters. The Economist, "The pitfalls of making movies in Siberia," 11 July 2019 The Netflix blockbuster features a terrifying, monster-laden universe. Ariana Romero,, "Ready To Binge Stranger Things Season 3? Here's Where We Left Off," 5 July 2019 All three drugs are brand-name blockbusters for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and Crohn’s but are facing generic competition. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Alzheimer’s research is getting a reboot at small companies focused on the immune system," 5 July 2019 As Black Panther 2 begins to take shape, fans are questioning if one key player from the blockbuster first installment will return. Matt Mcnulty,, "Marvel Boss Addresses Rumors That Michael B. Jordan Is Back as Villain in Black Panther 2," 3 July 2019 Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings has agreed to acquire Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group in a blockbuster deal backed by the Carlyle Group. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Scooter Braun Acquires Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group, Taylor Swift Catalog For Over $300 Million," 30 June 2019 The resale industry hit a milestone today as shares of the RealReal, a secondhand luxury retailer, started trading on Nasdaq after a blockbuster IPO. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "People don’t care if their clothes are new anymore," 28 June 2019 Also, Paramount executives were upset when Abrams went to make the 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Disney, which grossed more than $2 billion at the global box office. Ryan Faughnder, Dallas News, "Hollywood producer J.J. Abrams near massive deal with AT&T's entertainment group," 18 June 2019 Summer is when moviegoers flock to the cineplex to check out the latest Hollywood blockbusters. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Movies under the stars: Where to see SF Bay Area outdoor flicks," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of blockbuster

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of blockbuster

: something that is very large, expensive, or successful

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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