- 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.
frisson definition by Webster's New World
frisson definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. fris·sons
Origin: French, from Old French fricons, pl. of fricon, a trembling, from Vulgar Latin *frīctiō, *frīctiōn-, from Latin frīgēre, to be cold.