enormous

adjective
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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An enormous kitchen occupied most of the western wing, while the Greys’ private apartments and chapels stood in the eastern wing. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Is This the Childhood Home of Lady Jane Grey, England’s Nine-Day Queen?," 3 July 2019 But the Apollo samples are a limited resource with enormous gaps in coverage and completeness. Simon J. Lock, Scientific American, "When Earth and the Moon Were One," 2 July 2019 Reasserting her ability to govern in the wake of the protests, and containing a small but tenacious and growing movement for self-determination, will pose enormous challenges to Lam in the months ahead. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kong's Embattled Leader Appeals for Calm in the Wake of Violent Anti-Government Protests," 2 July 2019 The enormous local and international exposure in turn magnified behaviors by some haredi visitors to Arosa that are unacceptable in Switzerland. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "In the Swiss Alps, locals and haredi Orthodox tourists find ways to get along," 2 July 2019 Mona Shinar, a Palestinian woman in her mid-30s who fled Damascus for Potsdam, near Berlin, comes from an enormous family. The Economist, "Why Germany’s birth rate is rising and Italy’s isn’t," 29 June 2019 Together, those transfer values reach an enormous and surely unfeasible tally of €474m. SI.com, "How Real Madrid Plan to Raise at Least €300m Through Player Sales This Summer," 26 June 2019 The Democratic field is enormous and unprecedentedly diverse. Hannah Fingerhut, The Denver Post, "Democratic voters not fully tuned in to 2020, AP-NORC Poll finds," 24 June 2019 The Democratic field is enormous and unprecedentedly diverse. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Are Too Many Democrats Running for President? Voters Are Tuning Out," 24 June 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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enormous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of enormous

: very great in size or amount

enormous

adjective
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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