noir


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noir

 (nwär)
adj.
1. Of or relating to the film noir genre.
2. Of or relating to a genre of crime literature featuring tough, cynical characters and bleak settings.
3. Suggestive of danger or violence.

[Short for film noir. Sense 2, short for French roman noir, black novel.]

noir′ish adj.

noir

(nwɑː)
adj
(Film) (of a film) showing characteristics of a film noir, in plot or style

noir

(nwɑr)
adj.
having the characteristics of film noir; tough and bleakly pessimistic.
noir′ish, adj.
[1980–85; < Fr noir black]
References in classic literature ?
In short, he had hitherto acted the part rather of a spectator than of a party in the tournament, a circumstance which procured him among the spectators the name of Le Noir Faineant, or the Black Sluggard.
Le Noir Faineant then turned his horse upon Athelstane of Coningsburgh; and his own sword having been broken in his encounter with Front-de-B
It being now the duty of Prince John to name the knight who had done best, he determined that the honour of the day remained with the knight whom the popular voice had termed Le Noir Faineant.
And, as I said just now, quite a new version of the 'Domino Noir.
Upon this I set myself to explain the meaning of all the combinations--of "rouge et noir," of "pair et impair," of "manque et passe," with, lastly, the different values in the system of numbers.
Kirsch was at work for his part at the rouge et noir and did not see his young master.
One day last week--on Thursday night, to be more exact--I found that I could not sleep, having foolishly taken a cup of strong café noir after my dinner.
I recognized the detested voice of my bete noir, Alick Carruthers, thick as might be expected of the dissipated dog, yet daring to stutter out her name.
96) Soter Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir 2015 (Oregon).
Working with Heath London, a male grooming range based in Primrose Hill, Noir is redesigning and developing the Heath London e-commerce website as well as supporting Heath longer term with social media strategy, content and e-newsletters.
Dukes Family Vineyards 2012 "Alyssa" Pinot Noir (Eola-Amity Hills; $50).
NEW ZEALAND CLOUDY Bay Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand (PS27.