Noir definition

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Of or relating to a genre of crime literature featuring tough, cynical characters and bleak settings.
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Suggestive of danger or violence.
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Of or relating to the film noir genre.
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Fiction in which mood, plot, etc. are like those of film noir.
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Noir is French for black and is a type of fiction or a film that has tough characters and is cynical, bleak and pessimistic in nature.

An example of noir is the film Citizen Kane.

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(film and TV) A production in the style of film noir.
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(film, TV) Of or pertaining to film noir, or the atmosphere associated with that genre.
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Of or characteristic of noir or film noir.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
noir
Plural:
noirs

Adjective

Base Form:
noir
Superlative:
noirest

Origin of noir

  • Short for film noir Sense 2, short for French roman noir black novel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From film noir and French noir

    From Wiktionary