fas·​ci·​nat·​ing | \ ˈfas-ˌnā-tiŋ How to pronounce fascinating (audio) , ˈfa-sə-ˌnā- \

Definition of fascinating

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

Other Words from fascinating

fascinatingly \ ˈfas-​ˌnā-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce fascinating (audio) , 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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First Known Use of fascinating

1618, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fascinating

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“Fascinating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascinating. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of fascinating

: extremely interesting or charming a fascinating story

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