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colossal

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adjective co·los·sal \kə-ˈlä-səl\

Simple Definition of colossal

  • : very large or great

Full Definition of colossal

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or resembling a colossus

  2. 2 :  of a bulk, extent, power, or effect approaching or suggesting the stupendous or incredible <colossal rock formations>

  3. 3 :  of an exceptional or astonishing degree <a colossal failure>

co·los·sal·ly play \-sə-lē\ adverb

Examples of colossal

  1. <a colossal statue of the town's founder>



1712

First Known Use of colossal

1712

Synonym Discussion of colossal

enormous, immense, huge, vast, gigantic, colossal, mammoth mean exceedingly large. enormous and immense both suggest an exceeding of all ordinary bounds in size or amount or degree, but enormous often adds an implication of abnormality or monstrousness <an enormous expense> <an immense shopping mall>. huge commonly suggests an immensity of bulk or amount <incurred a huge debt>. vast usually suggests immensity of extent <the vast Russian steppes>. gigantic stresses the contrast with the size of others of the same kind <a gigantic sports stadium>. colossal applies especially to a human creation of stupendous or incredible dimensions <a colossal statue of Lincoln>. mammoth suggests both hugeness and ponderousness of bulk <a mammoth boulder>.

Rhymes with colossal


COLOSSAL Defined for Kids

colossal

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adjective co·los·sal \kə-ˈlä-səl\

Definition of colossal

  1. :  very large :  huge <a colossal success> <She gave the ball a colossal heave.>





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