[ thuhn-der-bohlt ]
/ ˈθʌn dərˌboʊlt /


a flash of lightning with the accompanying thunder.
an imaginary bolt or dart conceived as the material destructive agent cast to earth in a flash of lightning: the thunderbolts of Jove.
something very destructive, terrible, severe, sudden, or startling.
a person who acts with fury or with sudden and irresistible force.

Origin of thunderbolt

First recorded in 1400–50, thunderbolt is from the late Middle English word thondre bolte. See thunder, bolt1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thunderbolt

/ (ˈθʌndəˌbəʊlt) /


a flash of lightning accompanying thunder
the imagined agency of destruction produced by a flash of lightning
(in mythology) the destructive weapon wielded by several gods, esp the Greek god ZeusSee also Thor
something very startling
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