thrill·er | \ˈthri-lər \

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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Shortland has built her resume creating dramatic films, such as Lore, Somersault, and the recent thriller Berlin Syndrome. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Marvel's Black Widow Movie Will Have a Female Director," 13 July 2018 This over-the-top espionage thriller gives her a chance to show off the humor, intelligence and fast emotional shifts that earned her five supporting nominations (but no win) back in the days of Grey’s. Tom Gilatto,, "Emmy Nominations 2018: PEOPLE's Critic Breaks Down All the Nods — and Predicts Some Winners," 12 July 2018 After all, Flynn is an executive producer for the HBO thriller., "All The Ways HBO's Sharp Objects Is Different From The Book," 9 July 2018 Click to Read Story In ‘Killing Eve,’ a Surprising Plot Builds an Audience The BBC America thriller starring Sandra Oh as an intelligence agent has, in a rare feat, drawn more viewers week by week. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "Under-the-Radar Crime Drama ‘Power’ Keeps Gaining Viewers," 27 June 2018 Lively and costar Kendrick have been teasing the mystery thriller together for months. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blake Lively Trolls Ryan Reynolds About Cheating on Him with Her Costar," 21 June 2018 The original source for the Spielberg thriller was a book by Michael Crichton, also called Jurassic Park. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Jurassic Park’s Unlikely Symbiosis With Real-World Science," 15 June 2018 An adaptation of András Szekér’s novel, the thriller takes place in the shadow of looming cataclysm as Hungary grows closer to Hitler’s Germany. Pam Grady, San Francisco Chronicle, "Roxie spotlights documentaries from Mexico," 2 May 2018 This week, England ended their infamous penalty kick shootout jinx, Sweden continued their unlikely run, Belgium survived a thriller and Brazil dilapidated Mexico’s dreams. Juan Pimiento,, "England end their jinx, Sweden survive and the best of the World Cup week," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of thriller

1889, in the meaning defined above

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8 Oct 2018

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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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