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

  • n. Informal A story dealing with a crime and its solution; a detective story.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A novel or drama concerning a crime (usually a murder) in which a detective follows clues to determine the perpetrator.

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

  • n. a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie

Etymologies

Alteration of who done it?
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of who done it? (Wiktionary)

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