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Grand Guignol

[ French grahn gee-nyawl ]
/ French grɑ̃ giˈnyɔl /
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noun

a short drama stressing horror and sensationalism.
of, relating to, or resembling such a drama.

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Origin of Grand Guignol

First recorded in 1905–10; after Le Grand Guignol, small theater in Paris where such dramas were performed
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British Dictionary definitions for Grand Guignol

Grand Guignol
/ French (ɡrɑ̃ ɡiɲɔl) /

noun

  1. a brief sensational play intended to horrify
  2. (modifier) of, relating to, or like plays of this kind

Word Origin for Grand Guignol

C20: after Le Grand Guignol, a small theatre in Montmartre, Paris
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