[ mee-tee-awr-ik, -or- ]
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  1. of, relating to, or consisting of meteors.

  2. resembling a meteor in transient brilliance, suddenness of appearance, swiftness, etc.: his meteoric rise in politics.

  1. of or coming from the atmosphere; meteorological.

Origin of meteoric

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

Other words from meteoric

  • me·te·or·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·me·te·or·ic, adjective
  • non·me·te·or·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with meteoric

Words Nearby meteoric Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use meteoric in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for meteoric


/ (ˌmiːtɪˈɒrɪk) /

  1. of, formed by, or relating to meteors

  2. like a meteor in brilliance, speed, or transience

  1. rare of or relating to the weather; meteorological

Derived forms of meteoric

  • meteorically, adverb

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