bomb·​shell | \ ˈbäm-ˌshel How to pronounce bombshell (audio) \

Definition of bombshell

2a : one that is stunning, amazing, or devastating The book was a political bombshell.
b : a person who is the cause and object of sensational and usually widespread attention, excitement, or attraction a blonde bombshell [=a glamorously attractive blonde woman]

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Synonyms for bombshell


jar, jaw-dropper, jolt, stunner, surprise (also surprize)

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Examples of bombshell in a Sentence

discovering that I had a long-lost sister was an absolute bombshell

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The Look: The bombshell's blonde hair is pinned up into classic curls and covered with a chin-length veil. 19. Vogue, "The Best Wedding Hair Styles of All Time, From Brigitte Bardot to Diana Ross," 26 Apr. 2019 Until the bombshell in season seven’s finale, when it was revealed that Jon Snow is actually a Targaryen and therefore the rightful heir to the throne, audiences have operated under the assumption that Daenerys was the real heir. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Daenerys Targaryen Will Sit on the Iron Throne on Game of Thrones, and You Know It," 12 Apr. 2019 But the bombshell email release earlier this month showed that investigator Breck McDaniel told Rizzo about the records back in 2003, months before Brown was sentenced to death. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Lawyer hired for ex-prosecutor says client acted 'within bounds of the law' in Alfred Brown case," 26 Mar. 2018 On Wednesday, April 17 — already a big day for music news with the release of Beyoncé's Netflix doc Homecoming — Shawn dropped his bombshell of a discovery on Twitter that boba is, in fact, an instrument in two perfect video tweets. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Producer Shawn Wasabi Turned His Bubble Tea Bobas Into a Viral Beat," 18 Apr. 2019 From Ziva’s major bombshell this year, to Ducky’s emotional storyline, to the Laurel vs. Yanny controversy, the audience always has a lot to say about the crime drama. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Is Renewed for Season 17: Here's Everything We Know," 16 Apr. 2019 Here are four major bombshells that were revealed during the episode: Matt lives part-time in Arizona. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Matt and Amy Roloff Dropped 4 Bombshells During the 'Little People, Big World' Premiere," 3 Apr. 2019 Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano penned a new missive a month after his initial 11-page bombshell sent shockwaves through the Catholic Church. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Accuser denounces pope's silence over abuse cover-up claims," 28 Sep. 2018 The actress has been known to adopt a local sensibility while sauntering the streets of the City of Light, previously stepping out with a bombshell leg reveal in an insouciant slip dress last summer. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Gets a French Girl Makeover for Paris Fashion Week," 26 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of bombshell

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bombshell

: something that is very surprising or shocking
informal : a very attractive woman

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