Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “striking”

striking

adjective uk   /ˈstraɪ.kɪŋ/ us  
B2 very unusual or easily noticed, and therefore attracting a lot of attention: She bears a striking resemblance to her mother. There's a striking contrast between what he does and what he says he does. St Peter's Church is a striking example of modern architecture. There are striking similarities between the two cases. Their production of Macbeth was the most visually striking performance I've ever seen.Apparent and obviousVisible more attractive than usual: He's quite good-looking, but he's not as striking as his brother.AttractiveSexual attractionSmart and elegant
strikingly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Her latest novel is strikingly different from her earlier work. They gave a strikingly original performance of the play. Her husband is strikingly handsome.Apparent and obviousVisible
(Definition of striking from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of striking?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “striking” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

roost

When birds roost, they go somewhere to rest or sleep.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More