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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But this doppelganger spotted in Hialeah and Miami International Airport has a striking resemblance to the socialist leader and people took notice. Johnny Diaz,, "El Jefe? Fidel Castro look-alike sighting turns heads on social media," 6 June 2019 Princess Charlotte is celebrating her fourth birthday with three adorable photos—and in each sweet snap, Charlotte bears a striking resemblance to childhood pictures of her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte Looks Just Like Queen Elizabeth In Her New Birthday Photos," 1 May 2019 The truly striking thing about the uniform is that advances in modern textiles have given today’s soldiers much lighter, warmer, and comfortable equipment. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How British Soldiers in the Great War Dressed," 31 Dec. 2018 One striking thing on the casino's very first night: the absence of any noticeable cigarette smell, with the casino only hours old. Wayne Parry,, "2 Atlantic City casinos open a day early," 29 June 2018 But beyond the historical error, the striking thing about Sessions’ defense was how narrowly it was cast. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "How much credit should we give Trump for not annexing Austria?," 20 June 2018 But the really striking thing is that conservative Evangelical leaders have joined the parade of protests. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Border Policies Uniting Religious Leaders – Against Him," 18 June 2018 But in its new trailer for The Last of Us Part II, Naughty Dog delivered a master class in intimate animation — and the most striking thing was how much attention the studio put into the smallest details. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Dang, that Last of Us Part II kiss was some great animation," 12 June 2018 The striking thing of late, though, is how this trend is being embraced by democratic nations like France and Canada. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The GDPR and Our Balkanized Internet," 26 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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