nine days' wonder


an event or thing that arouses considerable but short-lived interest or excitement.

Nearby words

  1. nin, anaïs,
  2. nina,
  3. nincompoop,
  4. nine,
  5. nine ball,
  6. nine plus two array,
  7. nine plus zero array,
  8. nine worthies,
  9. nine-banded armadillo,
  10. nine-days wonder

Origin of nine days' wonder

First recorded in 1585–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Culture definitions for nine days' wonder

nine days' wonder

Someone or something that is famous and celebrated for only a short time: “Last year the art critics praised Jonas as if he were a master, but he turned out to be a nine days' wonder.”

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