el·​e·​phan·​tine | \ ˌe-lə-ˈfan-ˌtēn How to pronounce elephantine (audio) , -ˌtīn, ˈe-lə-fən- \

Definition of elephantine

1a : having enormous size or strength : massive
b : clumsy, ponderous elephantine verse
2 : of or relating to an elephant

Examples of elephantine in a Sentence

He has an elephantine ego. the wedding reception was held under an elephantine tent on the great lawn
Recent Examples on the Web Pop goddesses were not diving from the rafters and guitar heroes were not casting elephantine shadows. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2022 Johns’s entire body of work, to go by this elephantine show of more than 500 works, is akin to a trove of Nabokovian love letters — obscure and thwarted, but also punning, mordant, full of life. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 The final thing Heels’ second episode does solidify, though, is that in spite of the elephantine pressure to overexplain most of its characterization, there are the lovely little beats that arrive first. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 13 Aug. 2021 The company has become elephantine in such a short time by offering customers the ability to make purchases and pay later, making money by charging merchants to utilize Klarna’s payment technology. Alexandra Sternlicht, Forbes, 1 June 2021 On one hand are the traditionalists and their elephantine memories, who cling to negative, decades-old impressions of pinotage the way former athletes cling to romantic idealizations of their long-ago glory days in sports. Cathy Huyghe, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The smaller size of this fair suggests that all the elephantine fairs with hundreds of booths should become things of the past. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 12 May 2021 Chusyd designed large adjustable bracelets and used lots of zip ties to secure the devices, which were also placed inside waterproof boxes and wrapped in several industrial-strength plastic bags to protect them from elephantine bathing habits. Sara Harrison, Wired, 4 Feb. 2021 No Simpsons writer or showrunner has publicly commented on their elephantine source material. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of elephantine

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Elephantine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elephantine. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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Elephantine geographical name

El·​e·​phan·​ti·​ne | \ ˌe-lə-ˌfan-ˈtī-nē How to pronounce Elephantine (audio) , -fən-, -ˈtē- \

Definition of Elephantine

island in the Nile River opposite Aswân in southern Egypt population 1814

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