me·​te·​or·​ic | \ˌmē-tē-ˈȯr-ik, -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 \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of meteoric in a Sentence

a meteoric rise to fame

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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 Castro had a meteoric rise among Democrats after becoming mayor of San Antonio in his early 30s. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "Democrat Julian Castro says he’ll ‘likely’ run in 2020," 16 Oct. 2018 Stepping forward a year before the hashtag's meteoric rise gave her a new purpose and birthed her best-selling book, Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back, which was released just days after the Weinstein allegations were made public. Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "A Year Later, Is the #MeToo Movement Stuck in Hollywood?," 5 Oct. 2018 Jake Paul had a meteoric rise from Viner to Disney Channel star in the span of just a few years, which definitely deserves some major props. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Jake Paul's Biggest Controversies," 26 Sep. 2018 Wag and Rover’s meteoric rise in the face of so much controversy is yet another example of the remarkable resilience of tech companies that make our lives easier. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 The toughest blow came to the player with the most meteoric rise. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL’s Long-Awaited Next Generation of Stars," 8 Sep. 2018 Within the space of a short, meteoric career, Onfroy’s music was nearly inseparable from the myriad allegations of violence against the young man who made it. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Will XXXTentacion Be Remembered?," 19 June 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 \

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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