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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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 Marvel's latest Avengers blockbuster opens on April 27. Doreen Christensen,, "Free $12 movie ticket from Yoplait yogurt," 18 Apr. 2018 And finally a last-second blockbuster reverberated from Broadway to the beaches of Tampa Bay. Alex Prewitt,, "What Deadline Deals Mean for the Stanley Cup Chase," 27 Feb. 2018 There's no denying the men in this summer's biggest blockbusters are smoking hot. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Rating 2013's Summer Movie Studs on Their Hot Husband Potential," 23 May 2013

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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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