from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A movie characterized by low-key lighting, a bleak urban setting, and corrupt, cynical characters.
- noun The genre or style of such movies.
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- noun A
filmcharacterized by low-key lighting, a bleak urban setting, and corrupt, cynicalor desperate characters.
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- noun a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[French : film, film (from English film; see film) + noir, black (from Old French, from Latin niger, nigr-; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots).]
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Borrowing from French film noir (literally "black film")
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