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
Recent Examples on the Web This blockbuster, which has spent its first three weeks at No. 1, would be Drake’s third consecutive studio album (following Views and Scorpion) to receive an album of the year nod. Paul Grein, Billboard, 29 Sep. 2021 The Marvel blockbuster, starring Simu Liu as the eponymous hero, is expected to top the box office for the fourth straight weekend, with analysts predicting a three-day total between $12 million and $15 million. Tyler Aquilina,, 25 Sep. 2021 Disney’s latest blockbuster, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, is Marvel Studios' first Chinese-U.S. cross-cultural superhero film. Fortune, 9 Sep. 2021 Think of it as an indie film rather than a Hollywood blockbuster, an enterprise that inspires and rewards quiet contemplation. John Reinan, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 One of the most unexpected hits of the ‘90s, this family film about a captive orca freed by a foster boy became a blockbuster, producing sequels that are also on HBO Max after making over $150 million on a budget that was a fraction of that. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 7 July 2021 But behind the public-facing friendship are the moments that will make this show a blockbuster, the mutual respect and indispensable drive to be great. Dom Amore,, 6 July 2021 The Tomorrow War is a fun Nineties-style throwback blockbuster, or whatever the streaming-video-on-demand equivalent of that is. Kyle Smith, National Review, 2 July 2021 Here’s a closer look at the controversy and deeper coverage of Jon M. Chu’s film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of blockbuster

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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7 Oct 2021

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“Blockbuster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blockbuster

: something that is very large, expensive, or successful

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