striking

adjective
strik·​ing | \ ˈstrī-kiŋ How to pronounce striking (audio) \

Definition of striking

: attracting attention or notice through unusual or conspicuous qualities a place of striking beauty

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Other Words from striking

strikingly adverb

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noticeable, remarkable, prominent, outstanding, conspicuous, salient, striking mean attracting notice or attention. noticeable applies to something unlikely to escape observation. a piano recital with no noticeable errors remarkable applies to something so extraordinary or exceptional as to invite comment. a film of remarkable intelligence and wit prominent applies to something commanding notice by standing out from its surroundings or background. a doctor who occupies a prominent position in the town outstanding applies to something that rises above and excels others of the same kind. honored for her outstanding contributions to science conspicuous applies to something that is obvious and unavoidable to the sight or mind. conspicuous bureaucratic waste salient applies to something of significance that merits the attention given it. the salient points of the speech striking applies to something that impresses itself powerfully and deeply upon the observer's mind or vision. the region's striking poverty

Examples of striking in a Sentence

The poverty of the city is striking. There is a striking resemblance between the girls. an actress known for her striking good looks
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Pros: durable, striking natural patterns Cons: high-maintenance, needs repeated sealing, expensive Soapstone and slate are more exotic materials and each have their upsides and downsides. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Countertop Materials," 9 May 2019 Today the striking yellow, orange, and blue houses—some dating back to 1681—have been renovated, and high-end restaurants fill the old port. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Zones: 6 to 8 Graham Blandy (Buxus sempervirens 'Graham Blandy') This boxwood boasts a dense branching columnar form that makes a striking specimen planting. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "20 Best Boxwood Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden," 14 Feb. 2019 In August, Hotel Partana’s striking steel, wood, and glass rooms were revealed, while Mexico design-hotel hitmakers Grupo Habita are working on glampsite Cuatro Cuatros to add a hotel, cabins, a spa, and a restaurant, all set to open in summer 2019. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 All-Over Silver Statements Move over Gen-Z yellow, the color of 2018 was a striking shade of gleaming silver. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 Beauty Trends That Broke The Internet in 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 Perhaps most exciting of all, the iPhone XR will come in 6 striking shades: white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and Product(RED) red. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The New iPhone XR Comes in 6 Colors and Is (Relatively) Affordable," 12 Sep. 2018 The British photojournalist Don McCullin is perhaps best known for his striking war photography — such as his images of grizzled fighters and mourning families in Vietnam. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 But the striking yellow shade of Markle's dress caught our attention. Halie Lesavage, Allure, "Meghan Markle's Bright Yellow Dress Seems to Be Inspired by the Queen's Colorful Wardrobe," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of striking

1725, in the meaning defined above

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striking

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of striking

: unusual or extreme in a way that attracts attention
: very attractive especially in an unusual or interesting way

striking

adjective
strik·​ing | \ ˈstrī-kiŋ\

Kids Definition of striking

: attracting attention : remarkable a striking resemblance

Other Words from striking

strikingly adverb

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