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
Recent Examples on the Web Stewarding a little library can be more thriller than romance at times. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Coronavirus Gives Big Boost to ‘Little Libraries’," 20 Oct. 2020 There are a million ways to isolate someone or kill them, but this is like some trashy thriller. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Alexey Navalny Has the Proof of His Poisoning," 18 Oct. 2020 Steven Soderbergh’s pandemic thriller depicts the global response when a deadly virus spreads worldwide, killing millions all while there is no cure in sight. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Horror movies and TV streaming on Amazon, Disney+, HBO, Hulu and Netflix," 13 Oct. 2020 In upcoming thriller film Horizon Line, Williams stars as Sara, a young woman who travels to a remote island with her ex Jackson (The Last Kingdom's Alexander Dreymon) to attend their mutual friend’s wedding. Ineye Komonibo,, "Poor Allison Williams Is Stuck Trying To Fly A Plane In This Terrifying New Trailer," 9 Oct. 2020 The architect of yesterday’s World Series pitching thriller was a carrier boy for The San Diego Union and Evening Tribune while a student at Point Loma High School. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Everybody Here Saw It Except Don Larsen’s Mom," 8 Oct. 2020 The zombie thriller series returns after a production hiatus. oregonlive, "‘The Good Lord Bird’; ‘Black-ish’ election special; Vice Presidential debate; ‘The Walking Dead’: TV This Week," 4 Oct. 2020 Through Utopia, Flynn tries to deliver a pop-culture portrayal—a series that’s part satire, part black comedy, part sci-fi, and part paranoia thriller—that contends with those extremes. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Gillian Flynn Is Obsessed With Conspiracies," 29 Sep. 2020 Universal Pictures announced in September 2019 two new thriller films from Shyamalan that would be released in 2021 and 2023. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "M. Night Shyamalan has revealed the title and poster for his upcoming movie," 27 Sep. 2020

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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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27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Thriller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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