noir etymology

English word noir comes from French noir, English film noir

Detailed word origin of noir

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
noir French (fra) Black in colour.. Black, of black ethnicity. Drunk; inebriated. A black person. A person whose hair is dark. Dark; darkness.
film noir English (eng) A film characterized by low-key lighting, a bleak urban setting, and corrupt, cynical or desperate characters.
noir English (eng) (film, and, TV, countable) A production in the style of film noir.. (film, and, TV, uncountable) Film noir. (film, TV) Of or pertaining to film noir, or the atmosphere associated with that genre.