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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Brown looked stunning in a white bustier gown, custom Louis Vuitton, featuring a thigh-high slit in the skirt and sheer black tulle detail over one shoulder. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 16 May 2022 Just as stunning as the leak itself, from an institution that is famously airtight and prides itself on ignoring public reaction to its work, was Chief Justice John Roberts' immediate confirmation that the premature opinion is authentic. Barbara A. Perry, CNN, 12 May 2022 The James Webb Space Telescope beamed back test pictures of a neighboring satellite galaxy, and the results are stunning compared with images taken by NASA’s previous infrared observatory, the Spitzer Space Telescope. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 The beach is stunning, a narrow strip of sand dotted with coconut trees, with a mellow bay on one side and small resorts and lively bars and restaurants on the other. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 7 May 2022 All of the homes are seamlessly connected via walkways lined by native plants and are united by shared spaces, like the stunning pool and deck that overlook Hassel Island and the ocean beyond. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2022 While the Super Sport’s orange-and-blue look might be a bit loud for some people's taste, the paintwork is stunning. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 21 Apr. 2022 The earliest version of Winn's vision is preserved in this film, and seeing it through these moving pictures was stunning. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 20 Apr. 2022 The resort's 63 villas are situated in lush, tropical gardens on the island of La Digue, with a stunning west-facing pool perfect for viewing the sunset. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stunning

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Stunning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for stunning


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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