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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For its time, Powell’s map was as stunning as NASA’s photographs of Earth from space in the 1960s. John F. Ross, Smithsonian, "The Visionary John Wesley Powell Had a Plan for Developing the West, But Nobody Listened," 3 July 2018 Grant Wahl recaps the second day of the knockout stage at the World Cup, headlined by Russia's stunning upset over Spain. Steven Shundich,, "World Cup 2018: Dispatches from TML Mobster/Guest Hemingway in Russia, Episode 2," 4 July 2018 The royal wedding ceremony was, as to be expected, simply stunning—that gown! the vows! Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Here's Everything We Know About Harry and Meghan's Second Royal Wedding Reception," 20 May 2018 But the good news is that more methane means that more of us might get a chance to see these stunning, night-shining — or noctilucent — clouds, according to the study, which was published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How to capture the eerie nighttime clouds of climate change," 6 July 2018 Despite the surprising change in color scheme, Markle still looked stunning in her knee-length sleeveless sheath dress and nude Manolo Blahnik pumps. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Bright Yellow Brandon Maxwell Dress at ‘Your Commonwealth’ Youth Challenge Reception," 5 July 2018 Sadly, the cover itself features zero nips, but Camila still looked next-level stunning in a stripes-and-ruffles Valentino gown. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Riverdale's Camila Mendes Shows Off Her Nipples and Looks Hot AF," 3 July 2018 The flowers, of course, are stunning, unearthly, and beloved by bees and butterflies. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Need to screen off your neighbors? Here's how to grow a green privacy barrier," 27 June 2018 The highlighter, a gorgeous champagne hue, will look stunning on both eyes and cheeks. Allie Fasanella, Allure, "Nars Dropped the New Endless Summer Makeup Collection and It's So Dreamy," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of stunning

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stunning was in 1667

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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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