Dictionary.com

frisson

[ free-sohn; French free-sawn ]
/ friˈsõʊ̃; French friˈsɔ̃ /
Save This Word!

noun, plural fris·sons [free-sohnz; French free-sawn]. /friˈsõʊ̃z; French friˈsɔ̃/.
a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill: The movie offers the viewer the occasional frisson of seeing a character in mortal danger.

VIDEO FOR FRISSON

Have You Ever Felt A Frisson?

A frisson is "a sudden feeling or sensation of excitement, emotion, or thrill." What's made you experience this feeling?

MORE VIDEOS FROM DICTIONARY.COM
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of frisson

First recorded in 1770–80; from French: “shiver, shudder,” Old French friçons (plural), from Late Latin frictiōnem, accusative of frictiō “shiver” (taken as derivative of frīgēre “to be cold”), from Latin: “massage, friction”; see also friction
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use frisson in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for frisson

frisson
/ French (frisɔ̃) /

noun
a shudder or shiver; thrill

Word Origin for frisson

C18 (but in common use only from C20): literally: shiver
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK