colossal

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adjective co·los·sal \kə-ˈlä-səl\

Definition of colossal

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

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

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

colossally

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Examples of colossal in a sentence

  1. a colossal statue of the town's founder

Origin and Etymology of colossal

see colossus


First Known Use: 1664

Synonym Discussion of colossal

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.

COLOSSAL Defined for English Language Learners

colossal

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adjective co·los·sal \kə-ˈlä-səl\

Definition of colossal for English Language Learners

  • : very large or great


COLOSSAL Defined for Kids

colossal

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adjective co·los·sal \kə-ˈlä-səl\

Definition of colossal for Students

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



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