enor·​mous | \ i-ˈnȯr-məs How to pronounce enormous (audio) , 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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Two hands clasped with an enormous emerald cut diamond shining on one. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Jennifer Lopez's Engagement Ring From Alex Rodriguez," 10 Mar. 2019 These things have enormous significance.’’ There was no immediate comment from Netanyahu’s office on Pardo’s comments. Ilan Ben Zion, BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-Israeli spy chief: Netanyahu planned Iran strike in 2011," 1 June 2018 The United Nations expects global meat consumption to double by 2050, requiring an enormous number of livestock animals. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What If Animal Feces Could Be Recycled for Metals and Valuable Elements?," 29 Nov. 2018 Major home broadband providers have essentially divided up the country by declining to compete against each other in individual cities and towns, giving them enormous power over individual consumers. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai does ISPs’ bidding, pushes for tighter rules on Google and Facebook," 6 Sep. 2018 This is an enormous power that immediately creates a union that usually takes years of diplomacy between countries that are not friendly. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Chicago Symphony conductor Riccardo Muti loves Kansas City ‘very much’," 5 July 2018 The Fixed-term Parliaments Act gives the government enormous power to survive rebellions. The Economist, "Brexiteers fear being stitched up by the establishment," 14 June 2018 The speaker holds enormous power in deciding how the House functions. Lisa Mascaro, The Christian Science Monitor, "Centrist House members see opportunity with Ryan's retirement," 7 June 2018 Small campaigns can become enormous ones, just by interacting with the people around you and making them aware. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How To Volunteer For A Political Campaign and Change The World," 25 Jan. 2019

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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


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

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