blockbuster

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

block +‎ buster

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈblɒkˌbʌstə(ɹ)/

Noun[edit]

blockbuster (plural blockbusters)

  1. A high-explosive bomb used for the purposes of demolishing extensive areas, such as a city block.
  2. (informal) Something, such as a film or book, that sustains exceptional and widespread popularity and achieves enormous sales, as opposed to a box office bomb.
  3. (slang) Anything very large or powerful; a whopper.
    • 1998, Yves Beauchemin, The Second Fiddle (page 383)
      “How nice," she responded to his invitation, “but I've got a blockbuster of a headache. I'm paying for last night. Call me tomorrow, will you?"
  4. A large firework of the firecracker type; an M-80.
  5. (US) One who engages in blockbusting (technique encouraging people to sell property).
    • 2016, Sabiyha Prince, African Americans and Gentrification in Washington, D.C. (page 106)
      Whereas White residents fell prey to blockbusters who stoked fears of invading Negroes and plummeting housing values during the 1950s, African Americans confronted more-than-imagined difficulties in neighborhoods after the 1968 riots.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English blockbuster.

Noun[edit]

blockbuster m (plural blockbusters)

  1. blockbuster (film or book that sustains exceptional and widespread popularity and achieves enormous sales)
    • 2020 August 7, “Els cinemes espanyols acusen Disney d'enganyar el públic amb 'Mulan' [Spanish movie theaters accuse Disney of misleading the public with Mulan]”, in Ara[1]:
      La cancel·lació de l'estrena a les sales després d'haver-la "publicitat des del primer moment en què es va presentar la pel·lícula" suposa un cop més per als empresaris de cinemes, que esperaven l'arribada del blockbuster per intentar recuperar-se de l'aturada del coronavirus.
      The cancellation of the premiere in theaters after having "advertised it from the first moment that the film was revealed" means one more blow to theater owners, who awaited the arrival of the blockbuster to try to recover from the stoppage of the coronavirus.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English blockbuster.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

blockbuster m (plural blockbusters)

  1. blockbuster (film or book that sustains exceptional and widespread popularity and achieves enormous sales)

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English blockbuster.

Noun[edit]

blockbuster m (plural blockbusters)

  1. blockbuster (film or book that sustains exceptional and widespread popularity and achieves enormous sales)

Further reading[edit]

  • blockbuster” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English blockbuster.

Noun[edit]

blockbuster m (plural blockbusters)

  1. blockbuster (film or book that sustains exceptional and widespread popularity and achieves enormous sales)
    Synonyms: taquillazo, bombazo
    • 2017 November 15, Adolfo López, “La Liga de la Justicia llega esta noche a salas mexicanas [Justice League arrives tonight in Mexican theaters]”, in El Sol de México[2]:
      La Liga de la Justicia llega como uno de los blockbusters principales para la temporada de fin de año.
      Justice League arrives as one of the main blockbusters for the end of year season.