800-pound gorilla

noun
\ ˈāt-ˈhən-drəd-ˈpau̇nd- How to pronounce 800-pound gorilla (audio) , -dərd- \

Definition of 800-pound gorilla

: one that is dominating or uncontrollable because of great size or power like it or not, the 800-pound gorilla usually sets the standard— Daya Nadamuni

First Known Use of 800-pound gorilla

1976, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About 800-pound gorilla

Time Traveler for 800-pound gorilla

Time Traveler

The first known use of 800-pound gorilla was in 1976

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near 800-pound gorilla

800 number

800-pound gorilla

80 Ursae Majoris

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for 800-pound gorilla

Cite this Entry

“800-pound gorilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/800-pound%20gorilla. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!