fas·​ci·​nat·​ing ˈfas-ˌnā-tiŋ How to pronounce fascinating (audio)
: extremely interesting or charming : captivating
a fascinating documentary
gave a fascinating account of the expedition
ˈfas-ˌnā-tiŋ-lē How to pronounce fascinating (audio)

Examples of fascinating in a Sentence

the fascinating cities and peoples of central Asia have been intriguing travelers at least since the time of Marco Polo the fascinating—but dubious—legend that Pocahontas rescued John Smith from certain death
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Word History


see fascinate

First Known Use

1618, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fascinating was in 1618

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“Fascinating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascinating. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: extremely interesting or charming
fascinatingly adverb

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