film noir

film noir
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [film nwar]
    • /fɪlm nwar/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [film nwar]
    • /fɪlm nwar/

Definitions of film noir words

  • noun film noir a motion picture with an often grim urban setting, photographed in somber tones and permeated by a feeling of disillusionment, pessimism, and despair. 1
  • variable noun film noir Film noir refers to a type of film or a style of film-making which shows the world as a dangerous or depressing place where many people suffer, especially because of the greed or cruelty of others. 0
  • noun film noir a gangster thriller, made esp in the 1940s in Hollywood characterized by contrasty lighting and often somewhat impenetrable plots 0
  • noun film noir a type of film, esp. of the 1940s and 1950s, fatalistic, pessimistic, or cynical in mood and often dealing melodramatically with urban crime and corruption 0

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Origin of film noir

First appearance:

before 1955
One of the 4% newest English words
1955-60; < French: literally, black film

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Parts of speech for Film noir


film noir popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 43% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

film noir usage trend in Literature

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