colossal

adjective co·los·sal \ kə-ˈlä-səl \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

colossally

play \kə-ˈlä-sə-lē\ adverb

Examples of colossal in a Sentence

  1. a colossal statue of the town's founder

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Origin and Etymology of colossal

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

adjective

Definition of colossal for English Language Learners

  • : very large or great


COLOSSAL Defined for Kids

colossal

adjective co·los·sal \ kə-ˈlä-səl \

Definition of colossal for Students

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


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