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breathtaking

[ breth-tey-king ]
/ ˈbrɛθˌteɪ kɪŋ /
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adjective

thrillingly beautiful, remarkable, astonishing, exciting, or the like: a breathtaking performance.

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breathing reserve, breathing space, breathingly, breathless, breathlessly, breathtaking, breathtakingly, breathy, breccia, brecciate, brecht

Origin of breathtaking

First recorded in 1875–80; breath + take + -ing2
Related formsbreath·tak·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for breathtaking

breathtaking

/ (ˈbrɛθˌteɪkɪŋ) /

adjective

causing awe or excitementa breathtaking view
Derived Formsbreathtakingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for breathtaking

breathtaking


adj.

1867, from breath + present participle of take (v.). Phrase to take (one's) breath away with astonishment or delight is from 1864. Breathtaking (n.) "act of taking breaths or a breath" is from 1620s. Related: Breathtakingly.

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