strik·​ing ˈstrī-kiŋ How to pronounce striking (audio)
: attracting attention or notice through unusual or conspicuous qualities
a place of striking beauty
strikingly adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for striking

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
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the striking sonic resemblance, OpenAI said that Johansson did not actually provide the voice of Sky, one of multiple voice options available on the app. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2024 But just as Dallas got within striking distance the Thunder hit another run to go back up 90-78 with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter. Steven Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 19 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for striking 

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Word History

First Known Use

1725, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of striking was in 1725

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“Striking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: attracting attention : remarkable, impressive
a striking costume
a striking resemblance
strikingly adverb

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