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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The former child actress is one of the most fascinating singer-songwriters to emerge from the indie-rock community in recent years. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts July 5-11: Warped Tour, Joan Jett, Paramore, Xscape, STS9, Neko Case," 3 July 2018 Frederic Edwin Church and His Son, Frederic Joseph in Beirut’ (1868), attributed to Felix Bonfils Photo: Felix Bonfils/Collection Olana State Historic Site Most fascinating are the ensembles that Church himself styled as models for his paintings. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana’ Review: A Painter’s Souvenir Closet," 2 July 2018 What the Bucks decide to do this summer regarding Parker's contract is the most fascinating aspect of Milwaukee's off-season. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks free agency primer: More decisions than just what to do with Jabari Parker," 29 June 2018 Block — an actress with a long and complicated Broadway history whose power and vulnerability always seem to coexist in the most fascinating way — already has figured her way into Cher. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Just belt out 'Believe!' Pre-Broadway 'Cher Show' needs to let the Chers take charge," 28 June 2018 The full-throated critics Who's in this group: This is the most fascinating group because the lawmakers here defy categorization. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Is Trump losing his support in Congress for separating families at the border?," 19 June 2018 While respect across the paddock is admirable and paramount for safe competition, among the most fascinating tales of 2017 was the result of Josef Newgarden’s cutthroat pass of Simon Pagenaud at Gateway. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar midseason review, part II: What's gone wrong," 15 June 2018 Perhaps the most fascinating will in fact be what is now a classic race for governor. Amy Chance, sacbee, "California Influencers: What did we learn from the June primary election, and why?," 11 June 2018 In this very organized house, war brought lots of terrifying things, but, for a twelve-year-old, also very fascinating things. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "A Facebook Invite to a French Château," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of fascinating

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fascinating

see fascinate

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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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