Meaning of “stunning” in the English Dictionary

"stunning" in British English

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uk /ˈstʌn.ɪŋ/ us /ˈstʌn.ɪŋ/

stunning adjective (BEAUTIFUL)

B2 extremely beautiful or attractive:

a stunning dress
a stunning view over the bay of Saint Tropez

More examples

  • Both daughters are absolutely stunning.
  • She looked stunning in that red dress.
  • The view from our room is stunning.
  • He makes the most stunning evening dresses.
  • He's taken some stunning photos of her.
adverb uk /ˈstʌn.ɪŋ.li/ us /ˈstʌn.ɪŋ.li/


  • I think she's stunningly beautiful.
  • She's stunningly attractive.
  • The countryside around here is stunningly beautiful.
  • A stunningly attractive young man approached me.
  • I was surrounded by stunningly sexy women.

a stunningly beautiful/attractive woman
He's stunningly naive for a person of his age.

(Definition of “stunning” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stunning" in American English

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stunningadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈstʌn·ɪŋ/

stunning adjective [ not gradable ] (BEAUTIFUL)

extremely beautiful or attractive:

They make a stunning couple.

stunning adjective [ not gradable ] (SHOCKING)

shocking or surprising:

a stunning victory

(Definition of “stunning” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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