2 definitions by soma616

Top Definition
in film, a plot device that has no specific meaning or purpose other than to advance the story; any situation that motivates the action of a film either artificially or substantively.

Originally coined by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a story where this device was used in a story set on a Scottish train.

(sometimes called a McGuffin)
The suitcase in Pulp Fiction is a modern example of a MacGuffin.
von soma616 4. Mai 2006
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