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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Recent Examples on the Web West Virginia's early success is all the more striking given that a study published by the Kaiser Family Foundation in April 2020 ranked it as the state with the greatest share of adults at risk of serious illness if infected with Covid. NBC News, "'We crushed it': How did West Virginia become a national leader in Covid vaccination?," 28 Jan. 2021 Even more striking is their success in shaping conceptions of the American founding widely held among the American public. William Hogeland, The New Republic, "Against the Consensus Approach to History," 25 Jan. 2021 Most striking, however, was the absence of hundreds of thousands of people on the Mall, a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic and security concerns after the Capitol riot. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "At Biden inauguration, TV's familiar images and words offer comfort in turbulent times," 20 Jan. 2021 If Agent Carter weren’t set in the ’40s, the resemblance would not be so striking. Alice Burton, Vulture, "All Creatures Great and Small," 17 Jan. 2021 Shot during golden hour and featuring a sweeping view of the LA skyline, the video is as striking as the song itself. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Watch Alison Wonderland Perform From the Roof of LA's Iconic Capitol Records Building," 9 Dec. 2020 The service dogs' scarcity is all the more striking considering the large number of people who could potentially benefit from their help. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China has 8 million blind people, but only 200 guide dogs," 23 Nov. 2020 Visually striking and thematically fascinating, this is one of the best films of 2019. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on HBO Max," 1 Feb. 2021 His work is quite striking -- bold, high-energy, graphic and strong -- with artistic statements for organizations, buildings and public art. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Artist’s mural will inspire visitors to Cleveland West Foundation in Westlake," 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of striking

1725, in the meaning defined above

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21 Feb 2021

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“Striking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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