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thriller

[ thril-er ]
/ ˈθrɪl ər /
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noun

a person or thing that thrills.
an exciting, suspenseful play or story, especially a mystery story.

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Origin of thriller

1885–90; 1920–25 for def. 2; thrill + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for thriller

thriller
/ (ˈθrɪlə) /

noun

a book, film, play, etc, depicting crime, mystery, or espionage in an atmosphere of excitement and suspense
a person or thing that thrills
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Cultural definitions for thriller

thriller

A suspenseful, sensational story or film: “Ken Follett writes best-selling spy thrillers.”

In Great Britain, the word thriller is sometimes used for all mystery novels: “Martha Grimes, an American, writes British-style thrillers.”
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