elephantine

adjective el·e·phan·tine \ ˌe-lə-ˈfan-ˌtēn , -ˌtīn , ˈe-lə-fən- \
|Updated on: 26 Jun 2018

Definition of elephantine

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

Examples of elephantine in a Sentence

  1. He has an elephantine ego.

  2. the wedding reception was held under an elephantine tent on the great lawn

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First Known Use of elephantine

1610

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Elephantine

geographical name El·e·phan·ti·ne \ ˌe-lə-ˌfan-ˈtī-nē , -fən- , -ˈtē- \

Definition of Elephantine

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

ELEPHANTINE Defined for English Language Learners

elephantine

Definition of elephantine for English Language Learners

  • : very large like an elephant

  • : not graceful : awkward or clumsy



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