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noir

noun \ ˈnwär \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of noir

1 : crime fiction featuring hard-boiled cynical characters and bleak sleazy settings
  • an example of classic noir
2 : film noir
  • a comedy dressed in the trappings of an edgy noir

noirish

play \ˈnwär-ish\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of noir

short for film noir

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noir

adjective

Definition of noir

: having a bleak and darkly cynical quality of the kind associated with hard-boiled crime fiction and film noir
  • a noir thriller
  • In this boldly styled first novel, Komarnicki follows a 30-year-old homeless man on a noir odyssey of death and survival through the streets of New Orleans and Hong Kong.
  • —Sybil S. Steinberg
  • The plot of this violent fairy tale is as noir and nasty as the characters.
  • —Marilyn Stasio

First Known Use of noir

1958



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