cavernous

adjective
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The sale includes the lease to the restaurant’s cavernous space, which will house three new concepts from its new owners this fall. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "Why Del Posto’s New Owners Are Closing the Acclaimed NYC Restaurant for Good," 13 Apr. 2021 The performance found Monáe and her small backing band performing the track in a cavernous warehouse space bathed in pale blue light. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Janelle Monáe Tears Through ‘Turntables’ on ‘Colbert’," 10 Mar. 2021 Two courts will be constructed inside cavernous Lucas Oil Stadium, though only one game will be played at a time because of potential distractions from whistles and horns going off. Michael Marot, Anchorage Daily News, "Men’s March Madness will be played entirely in Indiana," 5 Jan. 2021 Finally, the vision all came into focus in a cavernous NFL stadium during a global pandemic. Joseph Duarte, San Antonio Express-News, "Houston holds off Oregon State to reach first Final Four since 1984," 29 Mar. 2021 Four more games will be played in the round of 16 this weekend before the tournament moves on to its final stages at the cavernous Lucas Oil Stadium. Billy Witz, New York Times, "Hinkle Fieldhouse Is Still Ready for Its Close-Up," 26 Mar. 2021 Then there was the feeling-out process that goes with playing basketball in a cavernous NFL stadium, albeit one divided to accommodate two courts. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Baylor looks as dominant as advertised in NCAA tournament opening win over Hartford," 20 Mar. 2021 But the timeout in the game happening in front of them ended and the video switched over to live action, eliciting boos from throughout the cavernous stadium. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, "Baylor finds its touch, rolls to 79-55 victory over Hartford," 19 Mar. 2021 But the timeout in the game happening in front of them ended and the video switched over to live action, eliciting boos from throughout the cavernous stadium. Eddie Pells, Chron, "Baylor finds its touch, rolls to easy victory over Hartford," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of cavernous was in the 15th century

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17 Apr 2021

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“Cavernous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cavernous. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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cavernous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cavernous

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

cavernous

adjective
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

cavernous

adjective
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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