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frisson

Syllabification: fris·son
Pronunciation: /frēˈsôn
 
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Definition of frisson in English:

noun

A sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; a thrill: a frisson of excitement
More example sentences
  • As I put my hand on the sunroom door I felt a sudden frisson of fear.
  • When Kamal made his entry to the accompaniment of drum-beats, a frisson of excitement shot through the crowds.
  • At exactly midday, the cannon is fired and a frisson of excitement runs through the small crowd of tourists gathered on the ramparts.

Origin

late 18th century: French, literally 'a shiver or thrill'.

Words that rhyme with frisson

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