Definition of Grand Guignol in English:

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Grand Guignol

Pronunciation: /ˌɡrän ɡēnˈyôl/


A dramatic entertainment of a sensational or horrific nature, originally a sequence of short pieces as performed at the Grand Guignol theater in Paris.
Example sentences
  • The result was a Grand Guignol operetta chock full of hissable villains, throat slashings, and narrow escapes, but also a commentary on the inherent evil of society.
  • The outcome is a Grand Guignol climax of jealous revenge.
  • Sure it was a Grand Guignol of grindhouse violence, but ‘Bill’ is an elegantly structured work of B movie genius.


French, literally 'Great Punch'.

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Syllabification: Grand Gui·gnol

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