Examples of elephant in a Sentence
by any standard, the new shopping mall will be an elephant and one that is certain to alter the retail landscape
Recent Examples of elephant from the Web
In commemoration, a one-time-only screening will be held nationwide of a movie about an elephant.
Another shows Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric being gored by an elephant.
First, North looked extremely happy after feeding an elephant.
Then, North fed an elephant some nutritious greens.
But Richardson was the elephant in the (conference) room this week at the swanky Ritz-Carlton in this central Florida tourist town.
The Cat in the Hat takes the audience into the Jungle of Nool where Horton, the kind-hearted elephant, discovers a speck of dust containing Whoville.
Published by HarperCollins in 2011, the book centers on a silverback gorilla named Ivan (Rockwell) who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella (Jolie) and a stray dog called Bob.
Dumbo octopuses are recognized by their large eyes and round fins that resemble elephant ears.
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Origin and Etymology of elephant
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Financial Definition of ELEPHANT
What It Is
Elephants are large institutions that make big trades.
How It Works
CalPERS (the California Public Employees' Retirement System) is the nation's largest pension fund. More than 1.6 million people there are employees of public institutions such as schools and local governments. To ensure that the fund has enough money to make pension payments when employees retire, it invests that money in stocks, bonds, venture capital, real estate and a variety of other assets. In 2012, CalPERS had about $234 billion invested and another $3 billion in cash.
Accordingly, it can make some very large trades and has a lot of influence in the market. CalPERS can also be a source of capital for growing companies: It invested $34.2 billion in private equity in 2012.
Why It Matters
When elephants make trades, they are often large trades that can spike (or tank) the price of a stock or other security quickly. Elephants aren't just big influencers of the markets; they're big "gets" for brokerage firms, advisory firms, or any other financial institution that retains them as customers. After all, fees are often a percentage of trade size or asset size, and thus it's usually a big deal to "bag an elephant."
ELEPHANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of elephant for English Language Learners
: a very large gray animal that has a long, flexible nose and two long tusks
ELEPHANT Defined for Kids
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