noun, often attributive
block·​bust·​er | \ˈbläk-ˌbə-stər \

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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The 42-year-old Big Little Lies star added founder and producer to her resumé with her media company Hello Sunshine, which cranks out blockbusters such as Wild. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "What Reese Witherspoon Wants You to Remember About Failure," 20 Sep. 2018 From kinetic energy suits to Wakandan weapons, Marvel's blockbuster was packed with wonderful visuals. Wonbo Woo, WIRED, "Like Black Panther's Suit? These Are the VFX Tricks That Made It Awesome," 15 May 2018 It All), and landing parts in blockbusters like The Mummy and Jurassic World. Clay Skipper, GQ, "Jake Johnson Is Just Here For a Good Time," 14 June 2018 Pearce, who made his bones in Hollywood co-writing blockbusters like Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, knows how to dress his world up nicely. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Hotel Artemis Wastes Its Cult-Classic Potential," 8 June 2018 Millennium Park is again hosting its free movie festival this summer and the list of showings includes blockbusters like Coco and Mad Max, Chicago classics like High Fidelity and Oscar-winner Get Out. Reader Staff, Chicago Reader, "Film Millennium Park free movie schedule announced: Here's what's playing," 9 May 2018 As a tweenager, Jessica entered an acting competition — and the rest is IMDB history, from a breakout TV role as a superhuman badass in Dark Angel to turns in big-screen blockbusters like Fantastic Four. Tiffany Blackstone, Redbook, "Jessica Alba's Reinvention," 15 Mar. 2018 Amgen will charge a lower-than-expected $6,900 a year for a novel migraine treatment that investors hope will become the biotechnology giant's next blockbuster. Bloomberg News,, "FDA approves drug for chronic migraines -- and it'll cost $6,900 a year," 20 May 2018 The storm had apparently passed, and Biogen was sitting on a blockbuster in the making with the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera, approved in 2013 and soon to compete what was the most lucrative product launch in drug industry history. Damian Garde, STAT, "As Biogen turns 40, biotech worries the glory days may be over," 2 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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