Definition of frisson in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfriːsɔ̃/
Pronunciation: /ˈfrɪsɒn/


A sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; a thrill: a frisson of excitement
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  • 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.


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

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