Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

striking

adjective

Simple Definition of striking

  • : unusual or extreme in a way that attracts attention

  • : very attractive especially in an unusual or interesting way

Full Definition of striking

  1. :  attracting attention or notice through unusual or conspicuous qualities <a place of striking beauty>

strik·ing·ly adverb

Examples of striking

  1. The poverty of the city is striking.

  2. There is a striking resemblance between the girls.

  3. an actress known for her striking good looks



1725

First Known Use of striking

1725

Synonym Discussion of striking

noticeable, remarkable, prominent, outstanding, conspicuous, salient, striking mean attracting notice or attention. noticeable applies to something unlikely to escape observation <a piano recital with no noticeable errors>. remarkable applies to something so extraordinary or exceptional as to invite comment <a film of remarkable intelligence and wit>. prominent applies to something commanding notice by standing out from its surroundings or background <a doctor who occupies a prominent position in the town>. outstanding applies to something that rises above and excels others of the same kind <honored for her outstanding contributions to science>. conspicuous applies to something that is obvious and unavoidable to the sight or mind <conspicuous bureaucratic waste>. salient applies to something of significance that merits the attention given it <the salient points of the speech>. striking applies to something that impresses itself powerfully and deeply upon the observer's mind or vision <the region's striking poverty>.

Rhymes with striking



STRIKING Defined for Kids

striking

adjective strik·ing \ˈstrī-kiŋ\

Definition of striking

  1. :  attracting attention :  remarkable <a striking resemblance>

strik·ing·ly adverb




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up striking? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 11, 2016

the holder of an office

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

196.5 pounds 2.2 pounds 16.96 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ