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.
Recent Examples on the Web As per usual, the 45-year-old actress and mom of two looks stunning as all get out in the clip, but unfortunately, that didn't stop an Instagram troll from attempting to tear her down with a rude comment about aging. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Eva Mendes Just Shut Down an Age-Shaming Troll on Instagram in the Most Amazing Way Ever," 2 Feb. 2020 And this season, there is no shortage of stunning, albeit confusing, costumes. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "Who Is the Kitty On 'The Masked Singer'? Fans Are Making Puns Instead of Guesses," 1 Feb. 2020 Lopez attended a Super Bowl press conference today looking characteristically stunning, but... different. Aimee Simeon,, "J.Lo Is Kicking Off Super Bowl Weekend With A Brand-New Haircut," 31 Jan. 2020 Even in the dead of winter, the property is stunning, with its undulating textures of ridges, glades and limestone escarpments. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Science Says Life is Better in Intentional Communities," 28 Jan. 2020 Camila Cabello looked stunning at Sunday night’s 2020 Grammys, wearing a gothic-style black gown by Versace and a $2 million—yes, $2 million—diamond necklace from Le Vian. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Camila Cabello Wore a $2 Million Necklace With $13 Foundation to the Grammys," 27 Jan. 2020 The Duke of Cambridge was accompanied by his wife, Duchess Kate, who looked stunning in a gorgeous red dress, which was covered in sequins. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Stuns in a Glittering Red Dress at Buckingham Palace Reception," 20 Jan. 2020 Its beauty—this tempered glass scale looks absolutely stunning in person, according to reviewers—and more importantly, its accuracy. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 15 Jan. 2020 His accuracy was occasionally stunning, his toughness validated, his ability to read a defense already major league. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's TML: Baseball loves its cheaters. Well, most of them. You know where this is going.," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of stunning

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Feb 2020

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“Stunning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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