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film noir

[nwahr] /nwɑr/
noun
1.
a motion picture with an often grim urban setting, photographed in somber tones and permeated by a feeling of disillusionment, pessimism, and despair.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; < French: literally, black film
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British Dictionary definitions for film-noir

film noir

/nwɑː/
noun
1.
a gangster thriller, made esp in the 1940s in Hollywood characterized by contrasty lighting and often somewhat impenetrable plots
Word Origin
C20: French, literally: black film
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Word Origin and History for film-noir

film noir

n.

1958, from French, literally "black film," from noir (12c.), from Latin niger (see Negro).

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