strik·ing | \ˈstrī-kiŋ \

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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The most striking feature of the biology books is their focused argument against evolution, a fundamental building block of modern biology, the experts said. Anchorage Daily News, "Some Florida private schools’ curriculum downplays slavery, says humans and dinosaurs lived together," 1 July 2018 The woman died at a hospital and the 23-year-old driver of the striking vehicle was arrested, according to police, who provided no additional details. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "70-year-old Milwaukee woman killed in crash after driver runs stop light, both cars go airborne," 25 June 2018 Here, the 6 of the most striking tricks worth borrowing from the boys. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "6 Beauty Tricks to Steal from the Mens Runways, From Glitter Bangs to Straight Edge Bobs," 25 June 2018 Perhaps the most striking work showing the toll of male violence is The Intervention of the Sabine Women by Jacques-Louis David. Taylor Hosking, The Atlantic, "Beyonce and Jay-Z’s New Vision of Gender in ‘Apeshit’," 22 June 2018 Eugenie looked equally stunning at the summer soiree in a one shoulder floral dress paired with black plants, again a striking change from her white Ascot look from earlier in the day. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice Pulled Off Two Glamorous Looks In One Day," 20 June 2018 What’s most striking to me about all of this is the fact that Dunaway never retaliated. Allie Jones, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: Hilary Duff’s Feud With Faye Dunaway," 4 June 2018 The most striking feature of the biology books is their focused argument against evolution, a fundamental building block of modern biology, the experts said. Leslie Postal,, "Private schools' curriculum downplays slavery, says humans and dinosaurs lived together," 1 June 2018 The impact is most striking for black and Hispanic students. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Too hot to learn? New research links hot temps to academic struggles," 31 May 2018

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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

Other Words from striking

strikingly adverb

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