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

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

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thriller was in 1889

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“Thriller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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thril·​ler ˈthril-ər How to pronounce thriller (audio)
: one that thrills
especially : a work of fiction or drama with a great deal of action, mystery, adventure, or suspense

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