Definition of Grand Guignol in US English:

Grand Guignol


  • A dramatic entertainment of a sensational or horrific nature, originally a sequence of short pieces as performed at the Grand Guignol theater in Paris.

    • ‘The result was a Grand Guignol operetta chock full of hissable villains, throat slashings, and narrow escapes, but also a commentary on the inherent evil of society.’
    • ‘Sure it was a Grand Guignol of grindhouse violence, but ‘Bill’ is an elegantly structured work of B movie genius.’
    • ‘All the characters in some way had a Grand Guignol version of themselves.’
    • ‘The outcome is a Grand Guignol climax of jealous revenge.’


French, literally ‘Great Punch’.


Grand Guignol

/ˌɡrän ɡēnˈyôl/