bomb·​shell ˈbäm-ˌshel How to pronounce bombshell (audio)
: one that is stunning, amazing, or devastating
The book was a political bombshell.
: 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]

Examples of bombshell in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bombshell was in 1708

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“Bombshell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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bomb·​shell -ˌshel How to pronounce bombshell (audio)
: a great surprise

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