thriller

[ thril-er ]
/ ˈθrɪl ər /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. thrifty,
  2. thrill,
  3. thrill to pieces,
  4. thrill-seeker,
  5. thrilled,
  6. thrilling,
  7. thrillingly,
  8. thrippence,
  9. thrips,
  10. thrive

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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Word Origin and History for thriller

thriller

n.

1889, "sensational story," agent noun from thrill (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for thriller

thriller

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

Note

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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