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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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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For The Los Angeles Times, journalist Rosanna Xia goes deep into this enormous, developing crisis, mapping specific points from Del Mar to Pacifica to understand what’s at stake, and to listen to residents debate what to do. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Can Coastal California Adapt to Climate Change?," 15 July 2019 Located in Oracle, Arizona, Biosphere 2 is an enormous, geometric steel-and-glass building that contains replicas of the ecosystems on earth, the original biosphere. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Inside the strange—and misunderstood—saga of Biosphere 2," 11 July 2019 This enormous, 6,000-acre state park, just 10 miles outside of Boston, was first purchased by the Commonwealth in 1893. Brion O’connor, BostonGlobe.com, "Newbies are welcome on hiking club’s outings," 4 July 2019 However, an offer of £100m would be enormous for Palace, so any such bids would be accepted in an instant. SI.com, "Crystal Palace to Demand £100m for Wilfried Zaha to Fend Off Arsenal Interest," 30 June 2019 Here are the engineers, choke setters, hook tenders, fallers, even the lowly, but essential, whistle punks who signal for men to get out of range of the enormous, thrashing logs, great destroyers with diameters greater than a man’s height. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Deep River’ Review: In the Heart of the Forest Primeval," 28 June 2019 With the flip of a switch, every musician onstage was reduced to Lilliputian dimension, dwarfed by enormous, constantly moving, impossibly bright projections of themselves. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Big screens and other distractions keep invading our concert spaces. Can we just focus on the music?," 26 June 2019 The implicationsof such messaging are enormous, as the NIH is the largest source of funding for biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion each year. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "No more 'manels,' NIH head says in call to end all-male science panels," 13 June 2019 To deter vandals, the sand-sculpture area on the beach is now encased in what looks like an enormous, squat pumpkin, with a opening for viewing. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A D Day Journey in the Spirit of A. J. Liebling," 7 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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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