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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Regardless of intent, @CobbSchools should have realized that the new logo for East Side Elementary bears a striking and uncomfortable resemblance to the Nazi eagle. Li Cohen, CBS News, 21 July 2022 What proved unexpected was how poetically striking and scientifically accurate those descriptions ended up being. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 Now the motif has been reimagined for the modern era in both a striking and subtle way. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 At Chatsworth, the monumental black alder tree is a striking and known landmark. Vogue, 29 Mar. 2022 The cactus garden was another treat, showcasing the striking and unexpected variety in a desert landscape, from totem pole cactus, creeping devil, prickly pear, and of course, the king of the desert, the saguaro. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 24 Mar. 2022 But as tributes to Ford's original GT40 go, the first-gen GT that launched for 2005 remains just as striking and arguably even more iconic. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 18 Mar. 2022 The design of its striking facade pays respect to the typical stacked arches of Arabic architecture. Ann Abel, Forbes, 25 July 2022 His whispered give-and-take with principal cello Blaise Déjardin at the end of the Andante was one of several striking moments. Jeremy Eichler,, 25 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of striking

1725, in the meaning defined above

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8 Aug 2022

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“Striking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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strik·​ing | \ ˈstrī-kiŋ \

Kids Definition of striking

: attracting attention : remarkable a striking resemblance

Other Words from striking

strikingly adverb

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