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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Maybe her apparent lack of legible blackness — of grit, stank and swagger — made a striking contrast with his abundance of it. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Review: ‘Whitney,’ a Pop Music Tragedy, Is Sad, Strange and Dismaying," 5 July 2018 Today, the 1,000-square-foot-store sparkles with bright white walls and floors, a striking contrast to the hits of color that liven up the space. Gail Goldberg,, "Intentionally Blank steps it up with new Mission store," 21 June 2018 Its white peaks and organic rooflines create a striking contrast to the site’s rocky environs and the sea beyond. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "This resort was inspired by the celestial energy of its island site," 22 May 2018 That is a striking contrast in career path compared to the leader, Spieth, who at 24 already has won 11 times on the PGA Tour, including three majors. Tod Leonard,, "After ugly injury, Finau shocks at Masters with opening 68," 5 Apr. 2018 But that 30% is a striking contrast to the mere two out of 50 CEOs in the same group who are female. Leigh Gallagher, Fortune, "These Women Could Be the Tech Industry's Next Great CEOs," 21 Mar. 2018 As this story suggests, there can be a striking similarity between works of abstract expressionism and paintings by children—or even by chimps, monkeys and elephants. Ellen Winner, WSJ, "Could Your Child Really Paint That?," 19 Oct. 2018 The ring has striking similarities to her mom's ruby ring. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Engagement Story Is Straight Out of a Movie," 29 Aug. 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge's sister wore a colorful floor-length dress by Alice Temperley, which featured a striking patten and a bow detail. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Steps Out in a Striking Floor-Length Gown in London," 28 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of striking

1725, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of striking was in 1725

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English Language Learners Definition of striking

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


strik·​ing | \ ˈstrī-kiŋ\

Kids Definition of striking

: attracting attention : remarkable a striking resemblance

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strikingly adverb

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