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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Traded from Milwaukee to Kansas City in December 2010 in the blockbuster Zack Greinke deal, Cain became an all-star outfielder with the Royals and one of the best all-around players in the game. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As he returns to Kansas City, Lorenzo Cain has been exactly what the Brewers needed," 23 Apr. 2018 Warren Buffett didn’t have much luck in the blockbuster-deals department last year, but his real estate brokerage business is on a tear. Noah Buhayar,, "Warren Buffett Is Now America’s No. 2 Real Estate Broker," 29 Mar. 2018 Acquired in the August blockbuster deal that sent the All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to Boston, Thomas missed the first 36 games of the season to complete his recovery from a longstanding right hip injury. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Cavaliers Dealing Isaiah Thomas to Lakers and Dwyane Wade to Heat in Radical Restructuring," 8 Feb. 2018 No, this is the superhero generation, where summer blockbusters have to wipe out at least half the universe to get anyone to care. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "We have a lot of wild theories about the Dance Dance Revolution movie," 5 Oct. 2018 The summer blockbuster has everyone running to the theaters (and Scarlett Johansson to her agent). Phillipe Thao, Teen Vogue, "18 Things to Watch If You Loved "Crazy Rich Asians" and Where to Watch Them," 31 Aug. 2018 The $170-million dinosaur blockbuster posted $150 million in North American receipts, beating analysts' predictions of $130 million to $140 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore. Sonaiya Kelley,, "'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' takes $150-million chomp out of the box office," 24 June 2018 Another blockbuster isn’t imminent, but draft-day trades can come together quickly. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Blackhawks trying to trade up in NHL draft but aren't finding willing partners — yet," 21 June 2018 Black Panther,’ the first Marvel blockbuster featuring an African superhero as its titular character. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Cineplex: ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ and ‘Black Panther’," 23 May 2018

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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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