stun·​ning | \ ˈstə-niŋ How to pronounce stunning (audio) \

Definition of stunning

1 : causing astonishment or disbelief stunning news
2 : strikingly impressive especially in beauty or excellence a stunning view stunning workmanship

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Other Words from stunning

stunningly adverb

Examples of stunning in a Sentence

Researchers have made a stunning discovery. Our room had a stunning view of the lake.

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Late night the spacecraft’s moon-capture maneuver caught these stunning photos of the far side of the moon. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceIL Spacecraft Snaps Stunning Images of the Far Side of the Moon," 6 Apr. 2019 Kipchoge’s performance was stunning, his 2:01:39 shattering the world record by over a minute. Wsj Sports Staff, WSJ, "A Philly Special. A 7-Hour World Series Game. A Memorable Tweet.," 27 Dec. 2018 Kate opted for a festive berry red Catherine Walker coat, while Meghan wore a stunning all-black/navy-blue outfit. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Beatrice Stuns in Navy Outfit for Christmas Church Service," 25 Dec. 2018 This stunning outfit should come as no surprise to anyone who has studied Michelle's former first lady style and her iconic outfits. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Michelle Obama Wore a Pair of Glittery Balenciaga Boots for the Last Stop on Her 'Becoming' Tour," 20 Dec. 2018 And while Nick was clad in a black bomber jacket, Priyanka was wearing a stunning red outfit, which Nick couldn’t help but have some fun with in the captions. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas Made a Jonas Brothers Reference on Priyanka Chopra's Instagram," 24 Oct. 2018 Her final look -- the peekaboo black gown and eye jewelry - is stunning. Stunning. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 recap: 'American' gurls," 14 June 2018 Later that evening, Duchess Kate looked stunning in a floral Alexander McQueen gown for the National Portrait Gallery Gala. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wore Her Gucci Blouse Backwards and We Almost Missed It," 13 Mar. 2019 Deep rosey hues look stunning on dark skin tones and pastel pinks complement fair complexions the best. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "9 Pretty Spring 2019 Makeup Trends You're Going to See Everywhere," 5 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of stunning

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of stunning

: very surprising or shocking
: very beautiful or pleasing


stun·​ning | \ ˈstə-niŋ\

Kids Definition of stunning

1 : able or likely to make a person senseless or confused a stunning blow stunning news
2 : unusually lovely or attractive : striking

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