enor·​mous | \i-ˈnȯr-məs, ē-\

Definition of enormous 

1a archaic : abnormal, inordinate

b : exceedingly wicked : shocking an enormous sin

2 : marked by extraordinarily great size, number, or degree especially : exceeding usual bounds or accepted notions

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Other Words from enormous

enormously adverb
enormousness noun

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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

Examples of enormous in a Sentence

They live in an enormous house. We chose not to undertake the project because of the enormous costs involved.

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Medicare-for-all would cost upward of $30 trillion over a decade because the federal government would be taking financial responsibility for an enormous cost center. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The $21 trillion Pentagon accounting error that can’t pay for Medicare-for-all, explained," 3 Dec. 2018 Live from an enormous arena, Jeff Kaplan showed off a new animated short for Blizzard's hit shooter. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "BlizzCon 2018: Warcraft III remastered, and Overwatch gets a new cowboy," 2 Nov. 2018 Put Your Money Where the Source Is The enormous $34 billion price tag on IBM's acquisition of Red Hat is the most eye-catching part of the historic deal, but this is not new ground for IBM. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Why IBM Paid $34 Billion for a Company That Gives Away Software for Free," 29 Oct. 2018 Perhaps this is a no-brainer, but a $25 pair of Bluetooth headphones from Amazon made such an enormous difference for me. Gray Chapman, SELF, "Here's How I Conquered Weight Room Anxiety," 8 Sep. 2018 Both De Keersmaeker and van Hove emphasized their enormous respect and admiration for the original choreography of Robbins, which has been faithfully replicated over the decades. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Winner Ivo van Hove to Direct 'West Side Story' on Broadway (Exclusive)," 12 July 2018 This year, Pelosi’s impact on the election of Democrats has been made especially salient by Republicans running an enormous number of attack ads tying her to Democratic candidates. Matthew Green, Vox, "What Pelosi’s defenders miss," 29 Oct. 2018 While the stores in New York and Los Angeles are incredible, the Florentine store is enormous. Kate Young, Vogue, "Shopping Like the Pope and More! Kate Young Lives La Dolce Vita in Italy," 20 Aug. 2018 That’s because of the enormous number of mosquitoes buzzing around his Logan Square home. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Logan Square man who turned to Reddit to deal with 'mosquito factory' pool is grateful for help," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of enormous

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for enormous

Latin enormis, from e, ex out of + norma rule

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English Language Learners Definition of enormous

: very great in size or amount


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Kids Definition of enormous

: unusually great in size, number, or degree an enormous animal an enormous problem

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enormously adverb

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