striking

adjective
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of striking

:attracting attention or notice through unusual or conspicuous qualities
  • a place of striking beauty

strikingly

adverb

Examples of striking in a Sentence

  1. The poverty of the city is striking.

  2. There is a striking resemblance between the girls.

  3. an actress known for her striking good looks

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First Known Use of striking

1725

Synonym Discussion of 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


STRIKING Defined for English Language Learners

striking

adjective

Definition of striking for English Language Learners

  • : unusual or extreme in a way that attracts attention

  • : very attractive especially in an unusual or interesting way


STRIKING Defined for Kids

striking

adjective strik·ing \ ˈstrī-kiŋ \

Definition of striking for Students

:attracting attention :remarkable
  • a striking resemblance

strikingly

adverb


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