- The definition of an intrigue is something that is done secretly through plotting.
An example of intrigue is the story of two famous lovers played out in a gossip magazine.
- Intrigue is defined as to do something that gets another person interested.
An example of intrigue is a man and woman having a conversation at a bar that makes them want to know more about each other.
intrigue definition by Webster's New World
- to carry on a secret love affair
- to plot or scheme secretly or underhandedly
Origin: French intriguer ; from Italian intrigare ; from Classical Latin intricare: see intricate
- to bring on or get by secret or underhanded plotting
- to excite the interest or curiosity of; fascinate: the puzzle intrigued her
- Archaic to trick or perplex
- Obsolete to entangle
- an intriguing; secret or underhanded plotting
- a secret or underhanded plot or scheme; machination
- a secret love affair
- intriguer noun
intrigue definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A secret or underhand scheme; a plot.b. The practice of or involvement in such schemes.
- A clandestine love affair.
- To effect by secret scheming or plotting.
- To arouse the interest or curiosity of: Hibernation has long intrigued biologists.
Origin: From French intriguer, to plot, from Italian intrigare, to plot, from Latin intrīcāre, to entangle; see intricate.
- in·triguˈer noun
- inˈtriguˌing·ly adverb