co·​los·​sal | \kə-ˈlä-səl \

Definition of colossal 

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a colossus colossal statues

2 : of a bulk, extent, power, or effect approaching or suggesting the stupendous or incredible colossal rock formations colossal stellar explosions

3 : of an exceptional or astonishing degree a colossal failure a colossal bore colossal ambition

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colossally \kə-​ˈlä-​sə-​lē \ adverb

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enormous, immense, huge, vast, gigantic, colossal, mammoth mean exceedingly large. enormous and immense both suggest an exceeding of all ordinary bounds in size or amount or degree, but enormous often adds an implication of abnormality or monstrousness. an enormous expense an immense shopping mall huge commonly suggests an immensity of bulk or amount. incurred a huge debt vast usually suggests immensity of extent. the vast Russian steppes gigantic stresses the contrast with the size of others of the same kind. a gigantic sports stadium colossal applies especially to a human creation of stupendous or incredible dimensions. a colossal statue of Lincoln mammoth suggests both hugeness and ponderousness of bulk. a mammoth boulder

Examples of colossal in a Sentence

a colossal statue of the town's founder

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Things kicked off in early August when the show depicted Kourtney and Kim having a colossal argument over their family's Christmas card photo shoot (very serious stuff), and it's escalated since then. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Is Anyone Else Buying Kim, Khloé, and Kourtney's Fights This Season on KUWTK?," 28 Aug. 2018 Buffalo was able to string together some good years after the colossal disappointment, and made consecutive conference finals in 2006 and 2007. Jacob Bogage,, "Toronto is now the saddest sports city. Unless it's Cincinnati. Or maybe it's still Washington.," 10 May 2018 The game began, and the first half was a colossal bore. Nick Hoppe,, "Orphans find families wherever they can," 2 July 2018 The South American country is reeling from a colossal corruption scandal, struggling to recover from a deep recession and trying to look beyond the remaining months of President Michel Temer’s lame duck administration ahead of October elections. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "US VP to focus on Venezuela in 3rd trip to Latin America," 25 June 2018 Those who did pay the then-colossal $25 ticket price were treated to a show that would go on forever. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "'The Last Waltz' Soundtrack 40th Anniversary: 5 Noteworthy Performances From the Concert," 7 Apr. 2018 Tap or click here to avoid making one colossal privacy mistake when renting a car. Kim Komando, Fox News, "5 essential tech options for your new car," 6 July 2018 With its colossal amount of content, YouTube is one place to browse. New York Times, "Find Free (Old) Feature Films Online," 26 June 2018 The Cincinnati Bengals kicked off the 1995 draft by taking Ki-Jana Carter, and that turned out to be a colossal mistake. Sam Farmer,, "Could the Cleveland Browns break tradition and select a running back No. 1?," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of colossal

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for colossal

see colossus

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English Language Learners Definition of colossal

: very large or great


co·​los·​sal | \kə-ˈlä-səl \

Kids Definition of colossal

: very large : huge a colossal success She gave the ball a colossal heave.

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