[free-sohn; French free-sawn] /friˈsõʊ̃; French friˈsɔ̃/

noun, plural frissons
[free-sohnz; French free-sawn] /friˈsõʊ̃z; French friˈsɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill:
The movie offers the viewer the occasional frisson of seeing a character in mortal danger.
a shudder or shiver; thrill

1777, from French frisson, literally “shiver, thrill” (12c.), from Latin frigere “to be cold” (see frigid).


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