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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Set out on a hike along a panoramic trail that provides breathtaking views of Eyjafjallajökull. National Geographic, "Iceland Hiking Adventure," 12 June 2019 The interior design would be defined by the extraordinary play of desert light throughout the home — and the breathtaking views of the desert and the mountains. Tina Daunt,, "Bob Hope house in Palm Springs, long an architectural footnote, approaches masterpiece status," 6 June 2019 The 5,600-square-foot home has breathtaking views of the Western coastal range and bay. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Peek inside this spectacular Silicon Valley hilltop home on a modern home tour," 4 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of breathtaking

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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