(of things or people) making you feel admiration, because they are very large, good, skilful, etc. an impressive building with a huge tower an impressive performance one of the most impressive novels of recent years She was very impressive in the interview. opposite unimpressiveExtra examples A large portico provides a suitably impressive entrance to the chapel. He was far from impressive in his semi-final against Federer. The fact that he is so young makes his achievements even more impressive. The film is technically impressive, but lacks real excitement. The new building looks most impressive. The scenery to the north of the lake is equally impressive. It is one of the most impressive novels published in recent years. The college is an impressive building with a huge tower. The standard of cooking was pretty impressive. The team are 12 points ahead after an impressive victory last night. They gave a truly impressive performance.