striking

adjective
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 An international team of researchers says the fossilized partial skeleton of a male ape that lived almost 12 million years ago in the humid forests of what is now southern Germany bears a striking resemblance to modern human bones. Washington Post, "Standing tall: Scientists find oldest example of upright ape," 7 Nov. 2019 Sources are thinking that Kate's wearing bespoke Emilia Wickstead, which bears a striking resemblance to their Danni dress except in blue, Gianvito Rossi heels, and an Aspinal clutch. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Step Out to Separate Events in Gorgeous Blue Outfits," 7 Nov. 2019 His wire-rimmed glasses, Vandyke beard, and thick head of dark hair combined to give him a striking resemblance to the man then commanding Soviet Russia’s Red Army, Leon Trotsky. Adam Hochschild, The New Yorker, "When America Tried to Deport Its Radicals," 4 Nov. 2019 The Lux device display bears a striking resemblance to the motion tracker fielded by the Colonial Marines in the 1986 film Aliens. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Could Get The Handheld Motion Tracker From 'Aliens'," 3 Nov. 2019 Avert your gaze to the northern reaches of the capital and what is taking place at the Emirates is a situation that bears a striking resemblance. SI.com, "Why Outcast Ozil Deserves Another Chance at Arsenal Under Unai Emery," 10 Oct. 2019 In a striking resemblance to the housing market bubble, the loose lending practices in the Chicago taxi industry helped cause medallion prices to rise rapidly. Brian M. Rosenthal, New York Times, "‘We Were Wiped Out’: New Yorkers Preyed on Chicago Cabbies," 4 Oct. 2019 In the photo, Beyoncé’s twins — Sir and Rumi Carter — were also decked out in festive outfits bearing a striking resemblance to something Zoë wore herself as a child. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Zoë Kravitz Reacts to Beyoncé's Lisa Bonet Halloween Costume," 22 Sep. 2019 Now the Amazon-brand 206 Collective Men’s Galen Wool Blend Sneakers have a striking resemblance to Allbirds’ popular shoe, the Wool Runners—at a much lower price. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "Amazon’s Allbirds clone shows its relentless steamrolling of brands," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of striking

1725, in the meaning defined above

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of striking was in 1725

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striking

adjective
How to pronounce striking (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of striking

: unusual or extreme in a way that attracts attention
: very attractive especially in an unusual or interesting way

striking

adjective
strik·​ing | \ ˈstrī-kiŋ\

Kids Definition of striking

: attracting attention : remarkable a striking resemblance

Other Words from striking

strikingly adverb

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