thrill·​er | \ ˈthri-lər How to pronounce thriller (audio) \

Definition of thriller

: one that thrills especially : a work of fiction or drama designed to hold the interest by the use of a high degree of intrigue, adventure, or suspense

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Examples of thriller in a Sentence

His latest novel is a political thriller. those televison awards are hardly thrillers since the same people win year after year

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Thiem, very well liked among his peers, is never one for excuses but admitted to feeling the effects of Saturday's thriller. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Ruthless Nadal beats Thiem to win record-extending 12th French Open," 9 June 2019 Novelist Joanna Trollope and Lee Child, writer of the Jack Reacher thrillers, were made CBEs. Washington Post, "Olivia Colman gets royal honor ahead of debut in ‘The Crown’," 8 June 2019 Instagram star Maya Henry wore similarly subdued rainbow tones for the premiere of the new thriller Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Calling It Now, Rainbow Dresses Are The Next Big Thing," 29 May 2019 In the plot of the upcoming thriller, Lively's Emily mysteriously disappears, which explains why most of the actress' Instagram did just that. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ryan Reynolds Reacts to Blake Lively Savagely Unfollowing Him on Instagram," 2 May 2018 Huawei may be privately owned, but global investors still risk getting caught up in the unfolding Sino-American spy thriller through other Chinese companies. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Global Investors Get Burned on Their Favorite Chinese Surveillance Stock," 22 May 2019 Like Serial, In The Dark, or your other non-fiction audio thriller of choice, information reveals itself incrementally to constantly change the scope of the central case and your understanding of it. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "The Guilty review: Even in 2018, a simple phone can be utterly thrilling," 21 Oct. 2018 On March 29, Netflix unveiled the trailer for its upcoming horror thriller, The Silence, which will be premiering on the streaming giant on April 10. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka and her "CAOS" Costar Miranda Otto Teamed Up for New Netflix Thriller "The Silence"," 8 Apr. 2019 In her latest thriller, Ms. Tursten turns the spotlight on 28-year-old Embla Nyström, a welterweight Nordic boxer and the lone female member of a mobile police trio supporting local cops in areas near Gothenburg. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: The Criminal Who Preys on the Past," 22 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of thriller

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thriller was in 1889

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English Language Learners Definition of thriller

: a novel, movie, etc., that is very exciting : a story full of exciting action, mystery, adventure, or suspense

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