Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A movie characterized by low-key lighting, a bleak urban setting, and corrupt, cynical characters.
  • n. The genre or style of such movies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A film characterized by low-key lighting, a bleak urban setting, and corrupt, cynical or desperate characters.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters

Etymologies

French : film, film + noir, black.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French film noirĀ (literally "black film") (Wiktionary)

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