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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O’Rourke himself had been mentioned as a possible 2020 White House contender — but that was dependent on him staying within striking distance of Cruz. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "Cruz fends off O’Rourke in Texas Senate race," 7 Nov. 2018 The striking image of the Sand Palace standing alone above the wreckage is one of many images communicating the scale of the storm’s impact. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate change and the coming coastal real estate crash," 16 Oct. 2018 Booking a room at Hotel ZaZa in Houston’s Museum District will put you within easy striking distance of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Lawndale Art Center, and Museum of Fine Arts. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 5 Days from New Orleans to Houston," 19 July 2018 Yet the most striking moment during the weeklong celebration of gaming was something far more simple: a kiss. Todd Martens,, "Surviving as a single-player in video game's multiplayer world," 20 June 2018 The most striking moments are those reminiscent of Deana Lawson’s staged portraits of working-class black people that showcases their lives and homes with striking honesty. Ira Madison Iii, GQ, "Everything Is Love Review: The Cost of a Monarchy," 19 June 2018 And there’s another striking image from our latest community horror: the police mug shot of the skinny kid from Gilmor Homes, accused of murder. Dan Rodricks,, "Rodricks: Failure in the city, death in the county," 22 May 2018 Some of the most striking images in the book capture intimate moments between panda and person—a post-exam snuggle, a loving gaze. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Why Photographing Pandas Is More Challenging Than You Might Think," 21 May 2018 According to royal correspondent, this was her intention even before the news broke that her father would not be able to attend, and will be a striking visual moment, and perhaps a nod to Markle's feminism. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Will Walk Half the Aisle of St. George Chapel By Herself," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of striking

1725, in the meaning defined above

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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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