breathtaking

adjective
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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Other Words from breathtaking

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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Viewers will also get to see the breathtaking Wormsloe Historic Site, which was once the estate of Noble Jones, one of Georgia's colonial founders. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Love Takes Flight' Was Filmed in a Gorgeous Southern Town You Can Visit," 27 Apr. 2019 Long Room Heckfield’s finest space; a private apartment with vaulted ceilings, sitting and dining room, private terrace and balcony with breathtaking views of the lakes, gardens and surrounding countryside. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reportedly Took a Luxe Babymoon in the Countryside," 4 Apr. 2019 Surrounded by hundreds of stunning roses and a breathtaking view, the crowd included Erin Andrews, Tiffany Haddish, Tarana Burke, Lupita Nyong’o, Maude Apatow, Olivia Munn, Amy Baer and others. Catherine Scott, Vogue, "Girls on Film: Vanity Fair and Lancôme Toast Women in Hollywood Ahead of the Oscars," 22 Feb. 2019 Snowman World has a brand new luxury glass resort located in Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, that comes with breathtaking views and a stylish Scandinavian design. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Snowman Glass Resort Is the Winter Vacation of Your Dreams," 20 Feb. 2019 Located in the far north of Italy on the Swiss border, about 60 miles northeast of Milan, Valtellina is home to breathtaking landscapes and a winemaking legacy that dates back to the pre-Roman days of the Etruscans and Ligurians. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 Earlier this month, the couple began posting breathtaking photos and videos of themselves soaking up the sun in Bora Bora (with a quick pit stop in Tahiti...casual) on a honeymoon worth envying. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Christina And Ant Anstead's Love Story Proves They Were Meant To Be," 17 Jan. 2019 That breathtaking simplicity is in marked contrast with stars or planets, which come in many shapes and sizes and can feature different chemical compositions, interior layering and atmospheres. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "Black Holes May Have ‘Hair’ That We Can See," 3 Jan. 2019 The power couple’s multi-ceremony international nuptials were a thrilling mix of glamorous fashion and breathtaking locales. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas End Winter Wedding Season With a Bang," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of breathtaking

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for breathtaking

breathtaking

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of breathtaking

: very exciting
: very great or surprising

breathtaking

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

Kids Definition of breathtaking

: very exciting or beautiful

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