page-turn·​er ˈpāj-ˌtər-nər How to pronounce page-turner (audio)
: an engrossing book or story

Examples of page-turner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cast yourself as the protagonist of a page-turner, skim the selections below, then go ahead and book a trip. Eleni N. Gage, Travel + Leisure, 4 May 2024 All of the Baztan novels are real page-turners, featuring an intelligent and emotionally intuitive female lead in Amaia. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 8 Apr. 2024 The series seizes on the book’s obsession with aesthetics, reimagining the 1955 page-turner as a Künstlerroman and its murderous antihero as an artist whose medium happens to be crime. Judy Berman, TIME, 4 Apr. 2024 For those among us who feel the need to check foot- and endnotes, that makes for, literally, a real page-turner. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, 22 Feb. 2024 In this book, a fast-paced, kind of magical-realist page-turner, the act of migration is rendered as a door: The characters step from one nameless country in which militants are taking over through a door and end up in Greece. Vogue, 30 Dec. 2023 This page-turner is more than a damning expose of a charismatic P.T. Barnum–like leader. Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 19 Dec. 2023 On Sunday, the Wave delivered a plot twist worthy of a page-turner. Ryan Finley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2023 For perpetually curious types If the book lover in your life is on a constant quest for knowledge, this monthly subscription can be a nice change of pace from their latest page-turner. Angela Ledgerwood,, 28 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of page-turner was in 1972

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“Page-turner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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