strik·​ing | \ ˈstrī-kiŋ How to pronounce striking (audio) \

Definition of striking

: attracting attention or notice through unusual or conspicuous qualities a place of striking beauty

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Other Words from striking

strikingly adverb

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noticeable, remarkable, prominent, outstanding, conspicuous, salient, striking mean attracting notice or attention. noticeable applies to something unlikely to escape observation. a piano recital with no noticeable errors remarkable applies to something so extraordinary or exceptional as to invite comment. a film of remarkable intelligence and wit prominent applies to something commanding notice by standing out from its surroundings or background. a doctor who occupies a prominent position in the town outstanding applies to something that rises above and excels others of the same kind. honored for her outstanding contributions to science conspicuous applies to something that is obvious and unavoidable to the sight or mind. conspicuous bureaucratic waste salient applies to something of significance that merits the attention given it. the salient points of the speech striking applies to something that impresses itself powerfully and deeply upon the observer's mind or vision. the region's striking poverty

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The poverty of the city is striking. There is a striking resemblance between the girls. an actress known for her striking good looks
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Recent Examples on the Web Fashion and the Catholic Imagination—this year’s piece is stately and striking. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2021 Although cut creases are her go-to, the pandemic helped spur her to look into new and more striking makeup looks. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 13 Sep. 2021 The surge is a striking and unexpected turnaround after a 40-year decline in US entrepreneurship., 19 Aug. 2021 The surge is a striking and unexpected turnaround after a 40-year decline in U.S. entrepreneurship. Ben Casselman, New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 In fact, the wealth gap between Black households and their white counterparts has been consistent — and striking. Harrison Freuck And Zhen Wang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Aug. 2021 Rodriguez is tall and striking, squeezing into a booth at a discreet neo-Mexican restaurant in the corporate-park section of El Segundo. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2021 And nearly every song that follows has moments as striking as that. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 2 Aug. 2021 Quite a few migratory songbirds, though — with names and voices as striking as their outer beauty — opt to stick around through August before taking flight to Argentina and thereabouts. Leslie Barker, Dallas News, 1 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of striking

1725, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of striking was in 1725

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25 Sep 2021

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“Striking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of striking

: unusual or extreme in a way that attracts attention
: very attractive especially in an unusual or interesting way


strik·​ing | \ ˈstrī-kiŋ \

Kids Definition of striking

: attracting attention : remarkable a striking resemblance

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strikingly adverb

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