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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Obama’s warmth and humor filled the cavernous convention center ballroom. Vanessa Hua,, "Michelle Obama and the power of stories," 27 June 2018 Through a back entrance of the Rosen Centre Hotel the pies go, to long maroon tables in a cavernous ballroom for check-in. Claire Mcneill, Bon Appetit, "Inside the National Pie Championships: Keep Calm and Carry Cool Whip," 13 Apr. 2018 In a cavernous metal warehouse on the CSIRO campus that has long been used to study coal combustion, two of Dolan's colleagues are assembling a 2-meter-tall reactor that is dwarfed by a nearby coal reactor. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 Only a few workers remain in Al-Karam Square, a cavernous building that used to thrum with flex-fitters, steel-workers and laser-printers. The Economist, "Why billboards are under attack in Pakistan’s business capital," 22 Mar. 2018 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does things its own way," 12 July 2018 As more Americans shop online, the company’s cavernous suburban stores became outdated and the $5 billion debt from its private equity owners too onerous.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

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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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