thriller

noun
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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Her books at Curtis Brown focus on thrillers, suspense crime, historical and literary fiction as well as cookbooks. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Who Is Felicity Blunt? The Literary Agent Is Related to Both Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci," 1 Feb. 2019 The psychological-thriller plot is deftly laid out in quick, snapshot scenes. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Marnie’ Review: A Thief’s Secrets," 22 Oct. 2018 Why Verge readers might care: This action-thriller looks hilarious. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, October 2018," 5 Sep. 2018 In addition to the WBTV deal, Mitchell signed off on a talent holding deal as an actress, and will be starring in the new Lifetime psychological thriller, You. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Exclusive Look Inside Shay Mitchell’s Stunning Office Remodel," 4 Sep. 2018 What starts off feeling a little like a B-movie offering the inverse of Western romance in the company of losers and lowlifes quickly transforms into a road trip-cum-thriller defined by startling shifts and turns. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "In Randy Kennedy’s Presidio, a Startling Road Trip Thriller Full of Twists and Turns," 17 Aug. 2018 Kate McKinnon rises above the action-thriller hoopla with moments of sheer near genius. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’: Kate McKinnon makes familiar action comedy something special," 30 July 2018 Drop by Hitch*Cocktails on Friday for a drunken thriller, which begins with an audience suggestion and evolves into a full-on improvised narrative. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 5 July 2018 Whenever Scandal tried to weave in espionage-thriller ingredients—explosions, torture scenes—the character development suffered. Tanisha C. Ford, The Atlantic, "The Episode That Captured the Best and Worst of Scandal," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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thriller

noun

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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