stun·​ning | \ˈstə-niŋ \

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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Some of the key names behind Planet Earth are back with a visually stunning new documentary series, and yes, that of course means more David Attenborough. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, UglyDolls, and more," 10 Nov. 2018 It's been six months since Meghan Markle's royal wedding, but no one has forgotten her two stunning wedding dresses. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "You Can Buy a Copy of Meghan Markle's Second Wedding Dress For $45," 5 Nov. 2018 Anyone with a passing familiarity with Italian cinema knows its artistic reputation, and Suspiria (2018) pays homage to that kind of visually stunning, edge-pushing filmmaking whenever possible. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Suspiria and Border offer two very different tales of otherworldly creatures," 26 Oct. 2018 What makes each of Becerra's meals so exquisite—and photo friendly—is her ability to layer classic ingredients in visually stunning, unexpected ways. Harper's BAZAAR, "Chef Camille Becerra Pioneered Healthy, Chic Food," 28 Sep. 2018 For her summer look this time, Meghan chose a stunning navy midi dress by Carolina Herrera and paired it with a beige straw bag clutch and messy low bun. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "You Can Get Nude Pumps Like Meghan Markle's for Just $40," 26 July 2018 Though visually stunning, the monastery’s secluded setting posed challenges for its upkeep. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "How a Record-Breaking Aerial Tramway Helped Save a Centuries-Old Armenian Monastery," 6 July 2018 The tornado was part of a violent yet visually stunning complex of storms that left storm chasers in awe. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Tornado injures 8 in Kansas town, part of towering, ‘jaw-dropping’ complex of storms (Photos)," 27 June 2018 Mosby, 38, emerged on Maryland’s political scene four years ago with a stunning victory over the city’s previous state’s attorney. Tim Prudente,, "Marilyn Mosby wins re-election in three-way race for Baltimore state's attorney," 26 June 2018

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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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