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 Any time there’s a larger, more cataclysmic set piece, our heroes look like tiny chess pieces on a much bigger board, bystanders who move around exploding mortars and whizzing bullets to produce the most stunning tableaux possible. David Sims, The Atlantic, "1917 Is a Visual Feat. That Doesn’t Mean It’s a Good Movie.," 3 Jan. 2020 The moment was a stunning soundless visual in the film that many viewers loved. James Hibberd,, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 20 Dec. 2019 The most stunning Christmas display is in Las Mercedes district, famous for upscale restaurants and pulsing nightlife. Washington Post, "Venezuela’s Christmas lights glow after a dark year," 20 Dec. 2019 On that occasion, Kate Middleton wore a stunning white gown and the Lover's Knot Tiara. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore a Vibrant Green Dress to the NATO Reception at Buckingham Palace," 3 Dec. 2019 The video sets up a fairytale romance with a handsome guy, a breathtaking mansion, stunning gowns, and white horses, turning the seemingly perfect relationship on its head once infidelity and jealousy strike. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 2010s: Staff Picks," 26 Nov. 2019 If conceptualizing designs, creating visually stunning branding packages or editing seemingly normal photos and turning them into professional-grade ones appeals to you, graphic design might be up your alley. NBC News, "Start learning Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and more for $39," 13 Nov. 2019 But the images don't always come out as stunning as the ones Taylor Giavasis recently shared, which show her giving birth to her son last month. Christina Oehler,, "You Have to See Taylor Giavasis's Stunning, Intimate Photos of Her Labor and Delivery," 25 Oct. 2019 On social media, videos of the tornado's funnel around the Dallas area provided a stunning visual for a storm that was tracked for up to 17 miles on the radar. al, "Dallas tornado destroys homes, businesses; no deaths reported," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of stunning

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stunning.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce stunning (audio)

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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