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 Sardonic and genuinely startling, Horror Movie is a page-turner for any genre buff who's ever wasted away in a YouTube video essay rabbit hole. Ew Staff Published,, 28 June 2024 That Simon & Schuster page-turner is being published in mid-July and includes stories and insights from friends, classmates, teachers, colleagues and former lovers. Rosemary Feitelberg, WWD, 27 June 2024 Sebastian Junger’s In My Time of Dying is both a page-turner and difficult to read. Christian Schneider, National Review, 13 June 2024 This one's an absolutely gripping page-turner that will leave readers curious about whether or not anyone in the wedding party was involved. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 11 June 2024 The detailed description of these thoroughly informal and often illicit interactions, including hunting and fishing, logging, gem production, and shuttle trade makes the book a page-turner. Maria Lipman, Foreign Affairs, 20 Dec. 2022 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

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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 18 Jul. 2024.

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