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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Here are eight of the best thrillers coming out in 2019. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best New Thriller Movies of 2019—So Far," 12 Mar. 2019 No premiere date has been set for the final season of the action thriller. Julius Young, Fox News, "'Homeland' coming to an end after eighth season, Showtime exec confirms," 6 Aug. 2018 The triplets' reunion story has been told countless times, but Wardle gives it the crackle and buzz of a good thriller. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Triplets ripped from family in a Nazi-like experiment, probed in Three Identical Strangers," 5 July 2018 The story has the trappings of a sleeping-with-the-enemy-style thriller: girl meets boy, boy might be serial killer, etc. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Complex ‘Beast’ offers deliciously dark romance," 17 May 2018 In midseason, the network also plans a new season of Cosmos, a live January production of Broadway's Rent, and two new dramas, medical thriller The Passage, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Proven Innocent, a legal series about wrongful convictions. Gary Levin, USA TODAY, "Fox's fall: Two new sitcoms, six returning dramas, Tim Allen and two nights of football," 14 May 2018 McVay and his staff will use part of their bye week to study this triumph over the Chiefs, likely turning a critical eye on ways to help a defense that relied on big plays to survive this thriller. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Rams roll into bye week buzzing from epic win over Chiefs," 21 Nov. 2018 At last night's SAG Awards, Emily Blunt took home the Best Supporting Actress win for her performance in the hit thriller A Quiet Place. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Blunt Won a SAG Award and John Krasinski Was So Emotional," 28 Jan. 2019 Witherspoon almost starred alongside Ben Affleck in the psychological thriller Gone Girl, before the female lead went to Rosamund Pike. Maria Ward, Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Reese Witherspoon," 10 Jan. 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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