in·​trigu·​ing | \ in-ˈtrē-giŋ How to pronounce intriguing (audio) \

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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Alex Beggs, always one to stir the pot (or at least a drink) lobbies for the intriguing mix of Cynar, grapefruit soda, and Prosecco. Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit, "A Spritz Is My Only Summer Drink of Choice," 2 July 2019 Regardless of all this, high-altitude wind generation is an intriguing idea. The Economist, "An innovative approach to making electricity from the wind," 7 June 2019 The plot line sounds intriguing at first: two girls go missing while traveling abroad, but then things get really muddled with all the different characters and overdone clichés. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "#ReadWithMC Reviews Fiona Barton's 'The Suspect'," 4 Mar. 2019 An intriguing idea floated at a hearing on the issue, and echoed since in the blogosphere: Why not tear the whole thing down? Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Here’s a Possible Fix for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: Tear It Down," 6 Nov. 2018 The album is an intriguing conceptual mix of pop-centric songs and more purist techno creations. Michael Sundius, Billboard, "Gui Boratto Talks New Album 'Pentagram': Listen to 'The Phoenix' (Exclusive)," 13 June 2018 The offensive line is an intriguing mix of returning veteran starters and graduate transfers led by Casey Tucker from Stanford, guard Steven Miller and tackle Quinn Bailey. Matt Murschel,, "Arizona State counts on Herm Edwards to lead revival, is No. 79 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 9 June 2018 Alas, the at-first intriguing idea of all this transpiring while the wider society is falling apart gets mostly lost amid the more prosaic concerns. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Hotel Artemis' isn't worth checking out, despite its guest list," 8 June 2018 Mayer-Schönberger and Ramge offer several intriguing ideas for limiting the excesses of data-rich capitalism. David Leonhardt, New York Times, "What Data Has Done to Capitalism," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of intriguing

1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intriguing

see intrigue entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of intriguing

: extremely interesting

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