enor·​mous | \ i-ˈnȯr-məs How to pronounce enormous (audio) , ē-\

Definition of enormous

1 : marked by extraordinarily great size, number, or degree especially : exceeding usual bounds or accepted notions
2a : exceedingly wicked : shocking an enormous sin
b archaic : abnormal, inordinate

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Other Words from enormous

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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Some offices are enormous, such as that of the Los Angeles County D.A., with one thousand prosecutors and a budget of over $400 million, and others are tiny, such as the two-person office in Rappahannock County, Virginia. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019 The sun was stretching generously across the enormous, vast rolling landscape of the Yukon, lighting up the emerging fall colors even as puffy clouds cast shadows here and there. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Bursting with joy over vast landscapes, extensive bike trails and time to enjoy them," 12 Sep. 2019 There is an enormous void in our lives that will never again be filled. courant.com, "Geri Acey," 9 Sep. 2019 Now, the social-media age offers enormous amounts of potential training data. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "Medical Researchers Want Your YouTube Videos," 9 Sep. 2019 The stakes are enormous, not just for the symphony but for the surrounding neighborhoods, city and state. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "BSO and musicians in marathon contract negotiations as deadline looms," 7 Sep. 2019 The second-round rookie receiver brings enormous big-play potential, needed to help fill the void left with the retirement of Wilson’s favorite target, Doug Baldwin. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Russell Wilson won't be limited to football, wants to 'inspire the world'," 6 Sep. 2019 The theoretical dangers are enormous, with bad actors potentially capable of kidnapping passengers or making cars collide. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartzy, "A new thriller novel offers up twisted scenarios of the tech revolution gone wrong," 28 Aug. 2019 Hong Kong has been transformed for months by the enormous, constantly evolving pro-democracy protests. Johnny Simon, Quartz, "How Hong Kong’s protest movement endures, in photos," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of enormous

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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


enor·​mous | \ i-ˈnȯr-məs How to pronounce enormous (audio) \

Kids Definition of enormous

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

Other Words from enormous

enormously adverb

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