cav·​ern·​ous | \ ˈka-vər-nəs How to pronounce cavernous (audio) \

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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Elegant skinny strips of tube lights ran down the center of tables in lieu of candles; overhead a dazzling, dangly light fixture subtly shifted colors from red to blue to soft yellow, bathing the cavernous space in a rotating color. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Inside Pioneer Works's 6th Annual Village Fete," 5 May 2019 West Ham meanwhile sacked their manager Slaven Bilić in November, and continue to struggle in their cavernous London Stadium home., "Newcastle Boss Rafael Benítez Plays Down Suggestions Linking Club With West Ham Striker Diafra Sakho," 9 Jan. 2018 The cavernous cargo cabin measures 39.6 feet long by 10.6 feet wide, with a drive-on, drive-off rear loading ramp for embarking cargo and wheeled vehicles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Still Selling the World’s Largest Helicopter, 40 Years After First Flight," 16 Apr. 2019 Across the cavernous rocket factory, the buzz, whirr, and whine of various machinery never ebbed. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX reveals the controls of its Dragon spacecraft for the first time," 14 Aug. 2018 The room - a cavernous ballroom containing people with fragile egos and wearing uncomfortable clothes - is notoriously difficult for a comic. Elahe Izadi,, "Michelle Wolf doesn’t want to make a point — she just wants to make you laugh," 26 Apr. 2018 Nearby at Bassiani, a cavernous club in the bowels of a football stadium, a similar scene unfolded as armed Georgian police stormed in, pushing patrons against the walls and the floor. The Economist, "Young Georgians fight for their right to party," 17 May 2018 The concourse’s cavernous toilets, decorated with orchids, rival those of a luxury hotel. Paul Berger, WSJ, "LaGuardia’s High-Flying Makeover Has Travelers Doing Double-Takes," 23 Feb. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce cavernous (audio) \

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 How to pronounce cavernous (audio) \

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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