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

  • adj. Of or relating to the film noir genre.
  • adj. Of or relating to a genre of crime literature featuring tough, cynical characters and bleak settings.
  • adj. Suggestive of danger or violence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to film noir, or the atmosphere associated with that genre
  • n. A production in the style of film noir

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Black; in roulette, the space in which are placed bets on the color of the number coming black.


Short for film noir + Sense 2, short for French roman noir, black novel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From film noir and French noir (Wiktionary)



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  • black (French)

    December 1, 2007