- The definition of frisson is a sudden shiver of excitement or fear.
When you are at a party and your crush walks into the room and starts towards you to talk to you, the shiver of excitement and nerves you feel is an example of frisson.
A moment of intense excitement; a shudder: The story's ending arouses a frisson of terror.
Origin of frissonFrench, from Old French fricons, pl. of fricon, a trembling, from Vulgar Latin *frīctiō, *frīctiōn-, from Latin frīgēre, to be cold.