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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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 And now the prequels, the three films that launched the meteoric career of Jar Jar Binks. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Arts / Film May the fourth be with you, even if the Reader's critics rarely become one with the force," 4 May 2018 Buy Photo A dozen years ago, a then-unknown chef named Jose Garces won financial backing from a New Jersey couple and a major Philadelphia food vendor to open Amada, the place on Chestnut Street that launched a meteoric career. Michael Klein,, "For celebrity chef Jose Garces, a table set with lawsuits," 17 Apr. 2018 His mind shattered, the artist survived his meteoric career for three decades. Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, "As S.F. Ballet readies for festival, Canadian company gives its all in ‘Nijinsky’," 4 Apr. 2018 It has been well documented that top chefs, having witnessed Danny Meyer’s meteoric success with Shake Shack, now jones for next-wave chains, even if some remain in single-embryo form. Jeff Gordinier, Esquire, "In Defense of IHOP, and Other Forgotten American Chains," 27 Feb. 2018 Schnatter's meteoric rise, launched from the closet of his father's failing Jeffersonville bar in 1984, is integral to the Papa John's story. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, "John Schnatter resigns as chairman of Papa John's after using N-word," 11 July 2018 After a meteoric ascent to the top of the football landscape, Oxbridge Academy is shutting down its program this fall. Wells Dusenbury,, "Oxbridge Academy shutting down football program this fall," 20 June 2018 Browne’s failure created the opening necessary for Darnold’s meteoric ascent. Dylan Hernandez,, "A freshman quarterback starting at USC? How the Trojans have come to rely on the potential of JT Daniels," 11 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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