film noir

noun \ -ˈnwär \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of film noir

plural film noirs play \-ˈnwär(z)\ or films noir or films noirs play \-ˈnwär\
: a type of crime film featuring cynical malevolent characters in a sleazy setting and an ominous atmosphere that is conveyed by shadowy photography and foreboding background music; also : a film of this type

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Origin and Etymology of film noir

French, literally, black film


FILM NOIR Defined for English Language Learners

film noir

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Definition of film noir for English Language Learners

  • : a movie about crime that uses dark shadows and lighting to show the complicated moral nature of the subject; also : this style of film


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