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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Walk the labyrinthine streets to Akra, a cavernous restaurant in the souk that sells all kinds of hummus, including my favorite, with fatteh, covered in a luscious layer of labneh. John Gregory-smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Lebanon, Let Food Be Your Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 The arcade is cavernous, drafty, majestic, lined with pinball machines. Jason Fagone, San Francisco Chronicle, "London Breed’s sudden, short term as SF’s acting mayor," 28 Jan. 2018 Along the way, that cavernous cargo space would make the Guppy an indispensable part of humanity's journey to the Moon. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Super Guppy Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Dec. 2018 Many of those delegates rose to his defense on Wednesday in a cavernous meeting room in a central Tokyo hotel. Stephen Wade, The Seattle Times, "Olympic ‘kingmaker’ Sheikh Ahmad leaves to handle court case," 28 Nov. 2018 On Friday night, Boring Company CEO Elon Musk tweeted images of his tunnel-boring machine appearing to emerge from the dirt into a cavernous hole, with bystanders at the hole's edge watching the spinning boring head. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "The Boring Company’s first tunnel is all dug up," 17 Nov. 2018 Sapey was tasked with making use of open, dark spaces, including a cavernous alcove consisting of columns plastered with disembodied legs swimming up to the ceiling. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "At the Nhow Marseille Hotel in France, Italian Furniture and Local Grit Lead the Design," 22 Oct. 2018 The only audible thing in the cavernous, empty Capitol. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "An empty US Capitol after McCain’s death is sobering reminder that the clock is ticking," 28 Aug. 2018 The cavernous former warehouse is divided into both soaring and intimate spaces. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘This Land’ Review: Picturing America," 4 Sep. 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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