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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Examples of bombshell in a Sentence

discovering that I had a long-lost sister was an absolute bombshell
Recent Examples on the Web In the bombshell interview, Diana also spoke openly about her past struggles with depression and bulimia, and expressed frustrations with the palace and the media. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Netflix indefinitely postpones 'Diana: The Interview that Shocked the World' documentary," 10 Apr. 2021 Sunday night’s awards show comes on the heels of a bombshell investigation by the Los Angeles Times that exposed years of corruption within the HFPA and revealed there are no Black members in the organization. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Spike Lee to Golden Globes: ‘Put some sistas and brothers up on that wall’," 28 Feb. 2021 Cuomo perhaps expected enough political loyalty, in return, to shield him from this sort of bombshell investigation. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "The Andrew Cuomo Show Has Lost the Plot," 24 Feb. 2021 The show completely transformed his image — an assertion further solidified this week by the New York Times’s bombshell investigation on Trump’s taxes. Washington Post, "Early reviews of ‘The Apprentice’ saw through Trump’s failures as a businessman. It didn’t stop the show from being a runaway hit.," 2 Oct. 2020 This fascination escalated after the pair stepped back from the family last year, giving up their royal titles before revealing all about their lives in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast last month. Stephanie Elam, CNN, "'The Crown' effect: How a TV show introduced Prince Philip to a generation of Americans," 11 Apr. 2021 If their recent bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey is any indication, Harry and Meghan’s latest small-screen endeavor should attract plenty of buzz. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Behold Harry and Meghan’s first Netflix project: a docuseries on the Invictus Games," 6 Apr. 2021 In the weeks following Oprah Winfrey's bombshell interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, fans have been clamouring for a sit-down with a another celebrity whose inner life has long been shrouded in secrecy: Britney Spears. Natalie Morin,, "Could We Get A Britney Spears-Oprah Winfrey Tell-All Interview Soon?," 22 Mar. 2021 During her explosive sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey last weekend, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, shared several bombshell revelations about her experiences in the royal family. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Palace Insists Archie Was Denied a Title Because of Royal Protocol and "It's Nothing to Do with Race"," 13 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of bombshell

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Apr 2021

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“Bombshell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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