me·​te·​or·​ic | \ ˌmē-tē-ˈȯr-ik How to pronounce meteoric (audio) , -ˈär-\

Definition of meteoric

1a : of or relating to a meteor
b : resembling a meteor in speed or in sudden and temporary brilliance a meteoric rise to fame
2 : of, relating to, or derived from the earth's atmosphere meteoric water

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Other Words from meteoric

meteorically \ ˌmē-​tē-​ˈȯr-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce meteorically (audio) , -​ˈär-​ \ adverb

Examples of meteoric in a Sentence

a meteoric rise to fame

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The film charts the meteoric rise of this dentist’s daughter from the bedroom community of Cremona, Italy, to number one in the fashion category on the 2017 Forbes Top Influencers list. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chiara Ferragni's Secret to Winning on Social Media," 18 Apr. 2019 As the resale market continues on its meteoric rise, with sites like Grailed continuing to pull sartorially savvy dudes into their universes, more and more independent male fashion nerds are opening up shops on the digital spectrum. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These 7 Vintage Accounts on Instagram Are Tailor-Made for Male Fashion Nerds," 16 Jan. 2019 Ninja’s career over the last 12 months has been nothing short of meteoric. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite star Ninja is getting his own 12-hour New Years Eve broadcast in Times Square," 26 Oct. 2018 Airbnb’s meteoric climb from small startup to multibillion-dollar hospitality juggernaut has seen the short-term rental service closely associated with cities. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How vacation homes went from private escape to investment opportunities," 2 Oct. 2018 But the currency crunch behind EcoCash’s meteoric rise is also at the root of the shareholder battle now gripping its parent company. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Virtual-Cash Treasure in Zimbabwe Sparks Fight Over Billions," 2 Jan. 2019 The meteoric rise of the architectural and design style has been aided by shows like Mad Men and pushed into homes through big-box retailers like Target. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 11 best midcentury modern homes of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 As the meteoric rise of Juul in the U.S. has demonstrated, this is a classic consumer-electronics industry with few barriers to new entrants. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "FDA Menthol Ban Will Be a Slow Burn," 20 Nov. 2018 But the theory argues that Avril’s meteoric rise to fame took a major toll on her well-being. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Avril Lavigne Called the Doppelgänger Conspiracy Theory About Her Death "So Weird"," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of meteoric

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of meteoric

: very sudden or fast
: marked by very quick success


me·​te·​or·​ic | \ ˌmē-tē-ˈȯr-ik How to pronounce meteoric (audio) \

Kids Definition of meteoric

1 : of or relating to a meteor meteoric impacts
2 : like a meteor in speed or in sudden and temporary success a meteoric career

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