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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However, the Guardians of the Galaxy star did take to Instagram on Sunday to share one adorable, special snap from his and Katherine’s wedding, revealing his new wife’s stunning bridal gown in all its glory. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Chris Pratt Just Gave the First Look at Katherine Schwarzenegger's Wedding Dress," 10 June 2019 The designer of choice: Brandon Maxwell, who dressed Lady Gaga in her four stunning looks at the 2019 Met Gala and took home Womenswear Designer of the Year at the CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Late Night' Costume Designer Breaks Down Emma Thompson's Power Pantsuits," 7 June 2019 After a stunning victory in the European elections on May 23rd, winning almost one third of the popular vote, many were predicting a win for the upstarts in Peterborough. The Economist, "Labour holds Peterborough, slowing the Brexit Party’s momentum," 7 June 2019 Kim Kardashian showed up at last week's Met Gala in a stunning wet-illusion gown made by none other than Thierry Mugler, the legendary French designer who broke a 20-year design hiatus to create the piece. Glamour, "Kim Kardashian Needed 'Corset-Breathing Lessons' for Her Met Gala Dress," 11 May 2019 Read on to find out about the most stunning hair and makeup looks of the night. Allure, "Met Gala 2019: The Coolest Makeup and Hair Looks of the Night," 6 May 2019 The Lakers were 20-14 and in fourth place in the Western Conference when James strained his groin during a stunning 26-point road victory over Golden State on Christmas. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "LeBron James to sit out last 6 games of Lakers’ season," 31 Mar. 2019 Abby wore a stunning gown by Galia Lahav while Dan looked dapper in a Hugo Boss tuxedo. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney and Dan Smyers Have the Most Romantic Love Stories," 29 Mar. 2019 Her stunning strapless red gown by Khyeli and had a voluminous front and a low straight back. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Wore a Mullet Dress and Won the Golden Globes Red Carpet," 7 Jan. 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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