intriguing

adjective in·trigu·ing \ in-ˈtrē-giŋ \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of intriguing

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

Examples of intriguing in a Sentence

  1. 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 KeltnerThe Dim Sum of All Things2004
  2. 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. MoteSiberia1998
  3. 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 GouldNatural HistoryJuly/August 1998
  4. 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 PinkerThe Language Instinct1994
  5. The offer is very intriguing.

  6. an intriguing concept that should engender much debate among climatologists

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Origin and Etymology of intriguing


INTRIGUING Defined for English Language Learners

intriguing

adjective

Definition of intriguing for English Language Learners

  • : extremely interesting



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