meteoric

adjective

me·​te·​or·​ic ˌmē-tē-ˈȯr-ik How to pronounce meteoric (audio)
-ˈär-
1
a
: 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
meteorically adverb

Examples of meteoric in a Sentence

a meteoric rise to fame
Recent Examples on the Web During its meteoric rise, OpenAI had a clash between the for-profit corporation and the nonprofit organization, which each served divergent goals. Muddu Sudhakar, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 The meteoric rise of global interest in South Korean films, dramas and music over the past decade or so created a passionate fan base around celebrities whose success is seen as a mark of national pride. John Yoon, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024 Some analysts have questioned Arm’s meteoric rise, arguing that the company’s fundamentals just don’t match its sky-high valuation. Will Daniel, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 Purdy’s meteoric rise — from dead-last draft pick to MVP finalist and Super Bowl signal caller — laid bare the nearly impossible task of predicting future skill on the gridiron in evaluations that often make or break careers. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, 12 Feb. 2024 The movie charts Winehouse’s London upbringing and meteoric rise to fame prior to her death from alcohol poisoning in 2011. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 7 Feb. 2024 While his meteoric rise may turn some teams away from Daniels, the Patriots and Commanders are both desperate for quarterbacks though, so Daniels shouldn't make it out of the top-three selections. Jon Hoefling, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2024 Take for instance the meteoric rise of Super Micro Computer, whose surge highlights an essential principle: resist the temptation to sell shares based solely on price movement. Robert Daugherty, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Landing a Super Bowl commercial is another jewel in the crown of the 24-year-old rapper Ice Spice, who has been on a meteoric rise since late 2022. Jaden Thompson, Variety, 11 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of meteoric was in 1785

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“Meteoric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meteoric. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

meteoric

adjective
me·​te·​or·​ic ˌmēt-ē-ˈȯr-ik How to pronounce meteoric (audio)
-ˈär-
1
: of or relating to a meteor
a meteoric shower
2
: resembling a meteor in speed or in sudden and temporary brilliance
a meteoric rise to fame
meteorically adverb

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