noir(redirected from noirs)
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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.]
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(Film) (of a film) showing characteristics of a film noir, in plot or style
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having the characteristics of film noir; tough and bleakly pessimistic.
[1980–85; < Fr noir black]
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