heart·​break·​er | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrā-kər How to pronounce heartbreaker (audio) \

Definition of heartbreaker

: one that causes heartbreak

Examples of heartbreaker in a Sentence

The team's most recent loss was a real heartbreaker.

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This one is a real heartbreaker, because what Jewish occasion doesn’t call for a nice salmon, fresh, smoked or poached? Alix Wall, sun-sentinel.com, "Some much-loved American Jewish classic foods may increase risk of cancer," 10 July 2019 David Lindley: This case has been a heartbreaker over the years ... CBS News, "Podcast spotlights Mississippi double murder – can new DNA technology solve the cold case?," 29 June 2019 Pixar Animation Studios/Walt Disney Pictures Toy Story 3 is a heartbreaker. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 David Hammons is having his first solo exhibition in L.A. in 45 years, and his opening salvo is a heartbreaker. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "If an artist sets up a homeless camp inside a blue-chip art gallery, does anyone care?," 18 June 2019 The 1942 squad went 11-0 in the regular season before losing a 14-6 heartbreaker in the championship game to Sammy Baugh and the Redskins, joining the 1934 champs — also NFL runners-up — as the only unbeaten regular-season Bears. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 94, Gary Famiglietti," 4 June 2019 Menomonee Falls wrestling endured a heartbreaker at the Falls WIAA regional Feb. 10, falling behind Arrowhead for the title, 252 points to 241.5. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls wrestling drops a heartbreaker at regional, but Indians still send fleet through to sectional," 11 Feb. 2018 Biebs’ engagement to Hailey Baldwin means the end to his career as a blond heartbreaker (and the end of the line for any #Jelena shippers). Danielle Fox, Seventeen, "How Well Do You Know Justin Bieber's Girlfriends?," 15 Mar. 2013 Her subjects ranged from the Habsburg Empire’s high nobility, shown at play in late World War I-era issues of society magazines, to Vienna’s high-culture heartbreaker, Alma Mahler, Gustav’s unfaithful wife. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Faces of Old Vienna," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of heartbreaker

1837, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of heartbreaker

: someone or something that causes you to feel very sad, disappointed, etc. : someone or something that breaks your heart

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