cav·ern·ous | \ ˈka-vər-nəs \

Definition of cavernous 

1a : having caverns or cavities

b of animal tissue : composed largely of vascular sinuses and capable of dilating with blood to bring about the erection of a body part

2 : constituting or suggesting a cavern a cavernous warehouse

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cavernously adverb

Examples of cavernous in a Sentence

We toured the cavernous airplane hangar. The dance was held in a cavernous hall.

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In this cavernous speakeasy, enjoy Sidecars and Pisco Sours, billiards and comedy nights. Melanie D.g. Kaplan,, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 As more Americans shop online, the company’s cavernous suburban stores became outdated and the $5 billion debt from its private equity owners too onerous. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "At Toys ‘R’ Us, ‘There Is Nothing Left’: The Day It Closed for Good," 30 June 2018 Instagram’s announcement took place in central San Francisco, in a cavernous space above a Honda dealership near the gentrifying Market Street corridor. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Instagram Is Adding Hour-Long Videos to Take on YouTube," 20 June 2018 Tucked in the emerald backlands of Fayetteville, Georgia, inside a cavernous soundstage at Pinewood Studios, Mara Brock-Akil is in full field marshall mode. Jason Parham, WIRED, "How Oprah’s Network Finally Found Its Voice," 19 June 2018 Easily the most popular spot in the cavernous hall near the fair's main O'Brien gate was Bean Boozled -- the Jelly Belly jelly bean company tasting challenge. Barbara Henry,, "No lack of sugar-sweet fun at fair's theme building," 8 June 2018 In a cavernous building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just steps from the Mississippi River, environmental engineer Clint Willson lifts a beaker filled with dark plastic crumbs. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "A Mighty Model," 15 May 2018 The cavernous limestone building, an Aurora Historic Landmark, opened as Two Brothers Roundhouse in 2011. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Aurora Beacon-News, "Two Brothers Roundhouse is much more than a restaurant," 3 Apr. 2018 Bucklew was within an hour of execution in May 2014 when the U.S. Supreme Court halted it over concerns about Bucklew's rare medical condition, cavernous hemangioma. Fox News, "Missouri man seeks second reprieve from Supreme Court," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cavernous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cavernous

Middle English, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin cavernōsus "having hollows or depressions," from caverna "hollow space, cavern entry 1" + -ōsus -ous

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English Language Learners Definition of cavernous

of a building or room : resembling a large cave : very large


cav·ern·ous | \ ˈka-vər-nəs \

Kids Definition of cavernous

1 : having caverns or hollow places

2 : like a cavern in being large and hollow a cavernous cellar


cav·ern·ous | \ ˈkav-ər-nəs \

Medical Definition of cavernous 

1 : having caverns or cavities

2 of tissue : composed largely of vascular sinuses and capable of dilating with blood to bring about the erection of a body part

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