frisson

[ free-sohn; French free-sawn ]
/ friˈsõʊ̃; French friˈsɔ̃ /

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.

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Origin of frisson

1770–80; < French: shiver, shudder, Old French friçons (plural) < Late Latin frictiōnem, accusative of frictiō shiver (taken as derivative of frīgēre to be cold), Latin: massage, friction
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frisson
/ French (frisɔ̃) /

noun

a shudder or shiver; thrill

Word Origin for frisson

C18 (but in common use only from C20): literally: shiver
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