Definition of policier in English:

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Pronunciation: /pōˌlēsˈyā/


A movie based on a police novel, portraying crime and its detection by police.
Example sentences
  • But the film is less a policier than a post-Foucault case study of the criminal as social transgressor.
  • This explanation was really unnecessary; his debts to both films are obvious, including Melville's insistence that the policier is the only remaining vehicle for tragedy - at least for a French film-maker.
  • Expect is an ensemble policier, an uncommonly sunny film with urban chumminess that recalls contemporary Japanese television serials.


French, from roman policier 'detective novel'.

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Syllabification: po·li·cier

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