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Dictionary Definition

blockbuster

Noun

1 a large bomb used to demolish extensive areas (as a city block)
2 an unsually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel) [syn: megahit, smash hit]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /blŏk'bŭs'tər/

Noun

  1. A high-explosive bomb used for the purposes of demolishing extensive areas, such as a city block.
  2. Something, such as a film or book, that sustains exceptional and widespread popularity and achieves enormous sales, as opposed to a box office bomb.
  3. A large firecracker type of fireworks; an M-80.

Translations

high-explosive bomb
  • Finnish: korttelipommi
film or book, that sustains exceptional and widespread popularity and achieves enormous sales
large firecracker type of fireworks

Adjective

  1. An exceptional event: a blockbuster trade in baseball.

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Blockbuster can refer to:
blockbuster in German: Blockbuster
blockbuster in French: Blockbuster (homonymie)
blockbuster in Japanese: ブロックバスター
blockbuster in Kölsch: Shtroohße Fääjor (Watt ėßß datt?)
blockbuster in Russian: Блокбастер

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

astonishment, blow, bomb, bombshell, catch, earthshaker, eye-opener, joker, kicker, peripeteia, revelation, shocker, staggerer, startler, surprisal, surprise, surprise ending, surprise package, surprise party, switch, thunderbolt, thunderclap
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