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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Meghan Markle's appearance at the royal family's annual Christmas Day church service was nothing short of stunning. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Teased Her Due Date at the Christmas Day Service, & It Could Be Soon," 26 Dec. 2018 And Tetris Effect is a stunning, beautiful, moving new way to play it. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Why Tetris Effect is my game of the year," 20 Dec. 2018 The ultimate retreat from the hustle & bustle of the city, the space is made all the more stunning by jaw-dropping views of New York’s Central Park. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...The St. Regis New York," 7 Sep. 2018 Lili posted a pic of herself (rocking a stunning, powder blue two-piece set) and co-stars Cole and Casey Cott (aka Betty's bestie Kevin Keller on Riverdale) from their weekend at Comic Con. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's Relationship," 30 July 2018 Ocasio-Cortez beat Crowley, a top-ranking House Democrat and local powerbroker, in a stunning upset in a primary late last month. NBC News, "Still no concession call? Ocasio-Cortez, Crowley trade barbs in primary aftermath," 12 July 2018 Maddon’s man-crush on Namath dates to the late 1960s and early ’70s, when Namath led the Jets to a stunning upset of the Colts in Super Bowl III while living a flamboyant bachelor lifestyle. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs' Joe Maddon smitten by visit from childhood idol Joe Namath," 6 June 2018 Smith had seized an unexpected second chance at a stunning upset. Ben Golliver,, "Anatomy of a Blunder: Inside J.R. Smith's Devastating Game 1 Mistake," 1 June 2018 What better way to ring in 2019 than in a stunning—and budget-friendly—New Year's Eve dress? Alexis Bennett, SELF, "29 Amazing New Year's Eve Dresses All Under $100," 24 Dec. 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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