fas·​ci·​nat·​ing | \ ˈfas-ˌnā-tiŋ, ˈfa-sə-ˌnā-\

Definition of fascinating

: extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition

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Other Words from fascinating

fascinatingly \ ˈfas-​ˌnā-​tiŋ-​lē , ˈfa-​sə-​ˌnā-​ \ adverb

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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Hand-me-downs A post shared by John Legend (@johnlegend) on Dec 25, 2018 at 12:48pm PST For more celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "John Legend's Top Nine on Instagram Is Full of "Love and Lactation"," 28 Dec. 2018 Instead, the trends are a fascinating look into how cultural forces shape plastic surgery on a more local level. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "How Plastic Surgery Trends Are Often Influenced by Where You Live," 22 June 2018 Learn how this is both Liverpool and Valley City and also hear a fascinating story about cigar making right here. 'sam' Boyer/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Dandelion Drive is a chance to learn area history and have fun," 13 May 2018 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images In a fascinating twist, Republican Rep. Martha McSally has officially been named Arizona’s newest senator after losing a race for the state’s other Senate seat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in November. Li Zhou, Vox, "Republican Martha McSally lost Arizona’s Senate race. She’s being appointed to the Senate anyway.," 18 Dec. 2018 Indeed, buried beneath that voluminous bustle skirt was a fascinating leader. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Made Christmas Trees a Holiday Staple," 18 Dec. 2018 This fascinating compilation by one of LA’s most insightful literary voices seeks to explain one of the world’s most misunderstood cities. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 Just in time for holiday shopping: a biography of the fascinating Josephine Baker, a radio host turned underground renegade and more. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Paperback Picks: books by Kevin Kwan, Bill McKibben and Sherry Jones," 12 Dec. 2018 Twitter also announced other fascinating statistics, such as the day with the most tweets in 2018 (Sunday, February 25, the day of the Olympics closing ceremony). Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Twitter Has Revealed Its Top Retweets and Most-Tweeted-About Celebrities for 2018," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of fascinating

1638, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fascinating

: very interesting or appealing


fas·​ci·​nat·​ing | \ ˈfa-sə-ˌnā-tiŋ\

Kids Definition of fascinating

: extremely interesting or charming a fascinating story

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