meteoric

adjective
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 meteoric (audio) , -​ˈär-​ \ adverb

Examples of meteoric in a Sentence

a meteoric rise to fame
Recent Examples on the Web Nathan Apodaca’s meteoric rise to peak organic influencer status off his Fleetwood Mac Tiktok video is everyone’s social-media fever dream. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the top Latino media moments of 2020 — and hints of what to expect in 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 As of early December, the man most closely identified with the meteoric rise of China Inc. was advised by the government to stay in the country, a person familiar with the matter has said. Coco Liu, Bloomberg.com, "Alibaba Antitrust Fears Drive $200 Billion Chinese Tech Selloff," 28 Dec. 2020 As of early December, the man most closely identified with the meteoric rise of China Inc. was advised by the government to stay in the country, a person familiar with the matter has said. Time, "China’s Crackdown on Alibaba and Ant Drive $200 Billion Tech Selloff," 28 Dec. 2020 As of early December, with Ant under regulatory scrutiny, the man most closely identified with the meteoric rise of China Inc. was advised by the government to stay in the country, a person familiar with the matter has said. Fortune, "Chinese regulators order Ant Group to focus on payments, stop short of breakup," 27 Dec. 2020 And while sales remain elevated in several suburbs, compared to last year, their meteoric rise plateaued in the late summer. New York Times, "The Real Estate Collapse of 2020," 25 Dec. 2020 For two years, the franchise has been making methodical upgrades to keep pace with Doncic’s meteoric rise to stardom. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Championship pieces: How the Mavs ‘Luka-fied’ their roster to get the most out of Dallas’ top star," 23 Dec. 2020 Toppin withdrew his name, had a meteoric rise, turned himself into National Player of the Year and one of the draft’s most intriguing players. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "How Isaac Okoro went from debated draft prospect to ready-made rookie and potential starter," 22 Dec. 2020 Observers say there is enough time for another party and figure to emerge to slow down her meteoric rise ahead of an early election. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pandemic-fueled populism stresses Tunisia’s fragile democracy," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of meteoric

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Meteoric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meteoric. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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meteoric

adjective
How to pronounce meteoric (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of meteoric

: very sudden or fast
: marked by very quick success

meteoric

adjective
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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