breath·​tak·​ing | \ ˈbreth-ˌtā-kiŋ How to pronounce breathtaking (audio) \

Definition of breathtaking

1 : causing one to breathe rapidly or with difficulty : making one out of breath a breathtaking pain in her side
2a : exciting, thrilling a breathtaking race
b : very great : astonishing his breathtaking ignorance

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breathtakingly \ ˈbreth-​ˌtā-​kiŋ-​lē How to pronounce breathtakingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of breathtaking in a Sentence

The train raced past with breathtaking speed. They gave a breathtaking performance. The view of the mountains was breathtaking. a scene of breathtaking beauty The scope of the error is breathtaking.
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Recent Examples on the Web During your visit be sure to hike Lighthouse Point—a 2.4 mile, quintessential Pacific Northwest hike through woodlands and along shorelines, with breathtaking views. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "Find Wine, Whales, and Water Adventures in Washington’s Scenic Puget Sound," 3 Feb. 2020 The rugged Texas mountainscape surrounding the Gage Hotel has a way of drawing folks all the way from Houston to take a drive further out and take in breathtaking views at the foot of the Glass Mountains. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Hidden near Big Bend is one of West Texas' coolest hotels," 31 Jan. 2020 Guests can enjoy a swimming pool, a deck that delivers breathtaking views of the area, as well as extremely spacious rooms and multiple fireplaces inside. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Luxe Ranch in Arizona Claims to Have Been a Meeting Place for John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe," 22 Jan. 2020 The trek features some breathtaking views of the crumbling volcanic cliffs above Munson Creek and Annie Creek Canyon’s distinct, columnar formations. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "The 25 Best Accessible Trails in America," 15 Jan. 2020 The outdoors provide us with wide-ranging sensory stimulation: breathtaking, panoramic views; the dulcet sounds of babbling springs and sparkling birdsong; the satisfying crunch of twigs and pine needles beneath our feet. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Relieve Stress with Visits to These Fragrant Places, from Lavender Farms to Redwood Groves," 7 Jan. 2020 Latin restaurant Mariposa made the list due to its breathtaking views of Sedona's red rocks, which can be seen through floor-to-ceiling windows or from the outdoor patio. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Phoenix's food scene got a whole lot of recognition in 2019. Here are 12 takeaways," 31 Dec. 2019 Perched high up in the leafy branches sit some of the most magical Texas tree house retreats with breathtaking views of the Hill Country countryside below. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "10 amazing Texas tree house hotels that will make you feel like a kid again," 11 Jan. 2020 Lucky guests of the Maestro Suite also have access to a private lounge-style terrace with breathtaking views of the city of Zurich, the lake, and the Alps. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Best Room At ... the Dolder Grand Zurich," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of breathtaking

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of breathtaking was in 1877

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11 Feb 2020

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“Breathtaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce breathtaking (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of breathtaking

: very exciting
: very great or surprising


breath·​tak·​ing | \ ˈbreth-ˌtā-kiŋ How to pronounce breathtaking (audio) \

Kids Definition of breathtaking

: very exciting or beautiful

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