[ mee-tee-awr-ik, -or- ]
/ ˌmi tiˈɔr ɪk, -ˈɒr- /


of, relating to, or consisting of meteors.
resembling a meteor in transient brilliance, suddenness of appearance, swiftness, etc.: his meteoric rise in politics.
of or coming from the atmosphere; meteorological.

Origin of meteoric

From the Medieval Latin word meteōricus, dating back to 1625–35. See meteor, -ic

Related forms

me·te·or·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·me·te·or·ic, adjectivenon·me·te·or·i·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confused

meteor meteoric meteorite meteoroid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for meteoric


/ (ˌmiːtɪˈɒrɪk) /


of, formed by, or relating to meteors
like a meteor in brilliance, speed, or transience
rare of or relating to the weather; meteorological

Derived Forms

meteorically, adverb
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