thriller

noun thrill·er \ ˈthri-lər \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

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

Examples of thriller in a Sentence

  1. His latest novel is a political thriller.

  2. those televison awards are hardly thrillers since the same people win year after year

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First Known Use of thriller

1889

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thriller Synonyms

Near Antonyms

yawner;

blowout;

Related Words

photo finish, squeaker;


THRILLER Defined for English Language Learners

thriller

Definition of thriller for English Language Learners

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



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