intriguing

adjective
in·​trigu·​ing | \ in-ˈtrē-giŋ \

Definition of intriguing

: engaging the interest to a marked degree : fascinating an intriguing story

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Examples of intriguing in a Sentence

Some had once contained medicines, sarsaparilla, or elixirs; others had intriguing names embossed into their glass panels: Balm of One Thousand Flowers, Indian Cholagogue, Dr. Kilmer's Kidney Cure, and Ocean Weed Heart Remedy. — Kim Wong Keltner, The Dim Sum of All Things, 2004 The Huns are intriguing not only because of their notoriously hawkish history, but also because of their place as middlemen between Mongol and Turkic ethnicity. — Victor L. Mote, Siberia, 1998 The next two phases of the Cambrian … mark the strangest, most important, and most intriguing of all episodes in the fossil record of animals—the short interval known as the Cambrian explosion … — Stephen Jay Gould, Natural History, July/August 1998 The folklorist Jan Brunvand has documented hundreds of "urban legends," intriguing stories that everyone swears happened to a friend of a friend … and that circulate for years in nearly identical form in city after city, but that can never be documented as real events. — Steven Pinker, The Language Instinct, 1994 The offer is very intriguing. an intriguing concept that should engender much debate among climatologists
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What wasn’t evident was just as intriguing, and as important. David M. Shribman, WSJ, "‘The Last Pass’ Book Review: Passing Acquaintances," 16 Nov. 2018 And as if that weren't intriguing enough, there are also some puppet characters thrown in. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Announces “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell” Cooking Show," 28 Sep. 2018 The center position could be the most intriguing on A-Day, simply because of the multiple injuries incurred at the position. Tom Green, AL.com, "6 things to watch for during Auburn's A-Day spring game," 6 Apr. 2018 But while building up the film’s massive, mobile monstrosities was the most obvious challenge, some of the more nuanced work was even more intriguing. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "How Weta Digital created the steampunk world of Mortal Engines," 21 Dec. 2018 But what really matters is what's inside, and that's intriguing, too. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "2018 iPad Pro hands-on: Improving on the world’s best tablet," 30 Oct. 2018 SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Martin Rogers breaks down the most intriguing storylines entering the World Cup quarterfinal matches. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Brazil is desperately trying to coddle Neymar, whose talent outweighs dramatic antics," 5 July 2018 Beyond the fascinating tactical matchup, the final would provide some intriguing storylines. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Why Jeff Greer sees Croatia facing Brazil in the World Cup 2018 final," 29 June 2018 But what might be most intriguing to potential buyers is the outdoor space. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Silicon Valley tiny house on sale for $2.6 million," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of intriguing

1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intriguing

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intriguing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intriguing

: extremely interesting

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