film noir (fĭlm nwär)
n. pl. film noirs (fĭlm nwärz, nwär) or films noirs (fĭlm nwär)
1. A movie characterized by low-key lighting, a bleak urban setting, and corrupt, cynical characters.
2. The genre or style of such movies.
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