captivating

adjective cap·ti·vat·ing \ ˈkap-tə-ˌvā-tiŋ \

Definition of captivating

: charmingly or irresistibly appealing
  • a captivating aroma
  • It's an utterly exotic combination of flavors, and a completely captivating one.
  • —Howard Seftel
  • Books with captivating stories and bright, uncomplicated artwork will enchant the very young without being too demanding.
  • —Ed Zotti
  • A captivating storyteller, he conveys the cozy domesticity of the small-time growers as well as the Technicolor style of life of the big deal-makers.
  • —Alison Friesinger

captivatingly

adverb
    • a captivatingly sweet voice
    • Each room is named for a month, and January through December are captivatingly filled with fanciful hearts, flowers, and vines that trail over the beds, chests, and wardrobes.
    • —Mimi Elder

First Known Use of captivating

1675

in the meaning defined above

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