thriller

noun
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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This match was the tournament's most anticipated after Gauff beat Polona Guaff of Slovenia in a three-set thriller in the second round on Friday. Dana Scott, azcentral, "What did you miss in sports this weekend?," 8 July 2019 Winchester, which won a thriller over Medfield, 11-10, in the Division 2 final, checks in at sixth, up from ninth, while the Warriors slot in right behind the Sachems. Karl Capen, BostonGlobe.com, "North Andover baseball highlights season of firsts," 29 June 2019 Or recreate Michael Jackson's thriller in your living room without any complaints from your parents? Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "25 Spellbinding Songs That Are Perfect for Your Halloween Party Playlist," 29 June 2018 After last Saturday's epic five-set thriller in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 boys' volleyball final, the coaches began to think of the best way to motivate their teams for the impending CIF Southern California Regional Division I tournament. Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "BATTLE OF THE BAY IV," 26 May 2018 Darnold went on to win nine straight, including a 52-49 thriller over Penn State in the Rose Bowl that put him on the college football map. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Sam Darnold: From turnovers to turning around the Browns?," 25 Apr. 2018 The Bulldogs won another thriller, beating Louisville in overtime to advance to the title game a second straight year. Doug Feinberg, courant.com, "Overtime Survivors: Bulldogs, Irish Meet For Women's Title," 31 Mar. 2018 The automaker has made 80,000 cars in its lifetime, with several appearing in action thrillers featuring the exploits of the fictional MI6 secret agent James Bond, 007. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Aston Martin’s high rise in Miami will be the tallest residential building south of New York," 28 June 2019 Cavill was last seen as Clark Kent in 2017’s Justice League and has since gone on to film roles in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, action-thriller Night Hunter, and Netflix’s upcoming live-action The Witcher series. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Your new Sherlock: Henry Cavill joins Millie Bobby Brown in Enola Holmes film," 27 June 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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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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