stun·​ner | \ ˈstə-nər How to pronounce stunner (audio) \

Definition of stunner

: one that stuns or is stunning

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Examples of stunner in a Sentence

His wife is a real stunner. The jury's decision was a stunner.
Recent Examples on the Web Our hearts nearly skipped a beat when the style queen herself stepped out in New York City back in December wearing the budget-friendly stunners that are now marked down to $18 (and were originally $44). Alex Warner,, "Jennifer Lopez’s Gorgeous Gold Earrings Are on Sale for $18 — Just for PEOPLE Readers," 3 May 2020 Ferrari’s latest front-engine grand tourer, the Roma, is a swoopy stunner from Maranello. Car and Driver, "How We'd Spec It: 2020 Ferrari Roma," 25 Apr. 2020 McGraw’s decision to walk away now may have been a stunner, something the women’s game hasn’t had in, maybe forever. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Niele Ivey is the right choice for Notre Dame women's basketball coach," 22 Apr. 2020 In both of these cases, Minecraft RTX Beta is a jaw-dropping stunner. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Minecraft ray tracing is now live on PC—and it’s a must-play, if you can," 16 Apr. 2020 The draft is always filled with stunners — no mock draft has ever served as an answer key — and the 49ers staying pat wouldn’t qualify as the biggest shocker. Eric Branch,, "49ers mailbag draft edition: Do they really have to trade down?," 19 Apr. 2020 Jazz up your stay-at-home dinners with this stunner. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "8 chickpea recipes that prove this legume is a do-it-all pantry star," 4 Apr. 2020 In a wildlife stunner over the weekend, Forest Service biologists counted 123 bald eagles at Trinity Lake in the north state, the highest at any lake in California in this year’s annual winter counts. Tom Stienstra,, "No. 1 spot to see bald eagles? Trinity Lake," 5 Feb. 2020 Outstanding Actress nominees like Cynthia Erivo uphold their glowing reputations as red-carpet stunners. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Best Celebrity Makeup and Hair Looks at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards," 23 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of stunner

1829, in the meaning defined above

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30 May 2020

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“Stunner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stunner

: a very attractive person
: something that amazes or shocks people

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