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 First-time con-goers Kwinton Estacio, his wife Wave, and their two daughters Anarah, 10, and Kealani, 7, took a photo with Momoa that was sure to have reminded the star of both his Hawaiian roots and his latest blockbuster. René A. Guzman,, "Celebrity Fan Fest brings the big-screen geekdom to Freeman Coliseum," 15 June 2019 Teva continued to develop innovative drugs, but its efforts didn’t yield enough to replace the revenue lost when cheaper copies of its blockbuster emerged in late 2017. Denise Roland, WSJ, "King of Generics Pushes Into Biotech Drugs," 13 Feb. 2019 But more importantly, this summer’s films have been a testament to how hard Hollywood is trying to make its blockbusters appeal to everyone, everywhere. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Jason Statham and a colossal shark can’t save The Meg from a lifeless existence," 9 Aug. 2018 Director James Cameron supervised the digital restoration of his 1991 science-fiction blockbuster. Chris Ball,, "Stephen King's 'It' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 15 Jan. 2018 The announcement comes as all the major studios are looking to old franchises in search of the next blockbuster. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Matrix' reloads with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss," 21 Aug. 2019 To support the boycotting of a Disney blockbuster that retells a Chinese legend, remakes a beloved animated film and stars an Asian cast with an Asian female lead, is a double-edged sword. Michael Ordoña,, "Analysis: #BoycottMulan in support of Hong Kong protests tests Disney and moviegoers," 20 Aug. 2019 The limberness of Chow’s cast is incredible, which more than compensates for those times when the special effects in Shaolin Soccer aren’t up to the standards of a modern Hollywood blockbuster… or even the best of Chinese cinema. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Get ready for the World Cup final with Shaolin Soccer," 13 July 2018 In the film industry, the mid-budget picture all but disappeared, leaving moviegoers to choose between blockbusters and indies. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 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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