Definition of thriller in English:

thriller

noun

  • 1A novel, play, or film with an exciting plot, typically involving crime or espionage:

    ‘a tense thriller about a diamond heist that goes badly wrong’
    ‘spy thrillers’
    • ‘I like more mystery thrillers and psychological thrillers.’
    • ‘It is a whodunnit and a thriller with thrills and fun for audience and actors alike.’
    • ‘In many ways it would have fitted perfectly into the '90s craze for post-modern crime thrillers.’
    • ‘Clever thrillers that flirt with film noir are always welcome, but this is too smart for its own good.’
    • ‘Novels, even spy thrillers, don't have to take up questions like this.’
    • ‘Caper films and crime thrillers just don't try and keep the audience on a piece of string this long.’
    • ‘And like us, it has decided to theme the season on whodunits and psycho thrillers.’
    • ‘This thriller of thrillers is a study of human conflict, jealousy and manipulation, which promises to baffle the most proficient sleuth.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, Cinepix began to wind down its sexploitation films in favour of thrillers and horror as early as 1972.’
    • ‘A blacklisted American, Losey was making low budget thrillers and crime stories in the UK.’
    • ‘Essentially they used the noir style of 1940s Hollywood thrillers to tell a story set in 1960s swinging London.’
    • ‘In adherence with the film's title Mamet has filled his thriller not with characters but with faces.’
    • ‘Into The Blue's story line is not much different from most action thrillers with a plot centred around the drug trade.’
    • ‘Many spy thrillers make the espionage business look like a blast, but nothing here comes across as fun.’
    • ‘I read village mysteries and hard-boiled American private eye novels, spy thrillers and police procedurals.’
    • ‘It is not a thriller or a mystery or an action film or a crime film, nor any kind of ordinary drama or melodrama.’
    • ‘As a thriller, the film has an inevitability that cannot be rerouted.’
    • ‘If your taste in genre is the ‘coming of age’ story rather than Westerns, thrillers or campus novels, you will quite possibly love this book.’
    • ‘Spy stories, thrillers and crime novels can often be far more realistic about how politics works.’
    • ‘Next up for Lewis is a starring role alongside Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez in a thriller due to be filmed later this year.’
    thriller, detective novel, detective story, murder story
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    1. 1.1 A very exciting contest or experience:
      ‘a seven-goal thriller’
      • ‘No soldier has done it more powerfully than the controversial boy thriller Michael Jackson.’
      • ‘Leatherhead came out on top after a remarkable nine-goal thriller at Fetcham Grove on Saturday.’
      • ‘Poor defending cost the Rams this seven goal thriller, as it was a game they could and should have won.’
      • ‘What a match and no wonder the RFL have turned down Sky's bid after this thriller.’
      • ‘The third and deciding game between the clubs could be another thriller.’
      • ‘It would have been a travesty had either side lost this out and out thriller.’
      • ‘Villa's climb up the table continued in this five goal thriller in Mullarney.’
      • ‘Manchester United survived a Leeds fight-back to record a vital win in a seven goal thriller at Elland Road.’
      • ‘Keith lost ground away to Cove who overtook them in the table in a five goal thriller.’
      • ‘In a high scoring cut and thrust thriller the St. Patrick's boys ran out six points winners.’
      • ‘In a five goal thriller played at Ozier Park, they had to come from an early goal down to win the final.’
      • ‘Here again, another little, mini thriller was played out as both teams fought it out to the finish.’
      • ‘Keighley Lifts just missed out on the points in a five goal thriller.’
      • ‘For the fact of the matter is that Saturday's thriller against New Zealand was not a discrete event.’
      • ‘Chorley and Rossendale United go head to head tomorrow in a game that has all the ingredients for a New Year derby thriller.’

Pronunciation:

thriller

/ˈθrɪlə/