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.
Recent Examples on the Web Her focus will be on the enormous economic and social challenges ahead as New Zealand charts a recovery from recession. Matthew Brockett, Bloomberg.com, "Ardern’s Stunning Election Victory Holds Lessons for the U.S.," 18 Oct. 2020 Indeed, among the enormous challenges facing restaurateurs this year is the need to balance hospitality with new safety protocols and also to plan for seasonal changes. Jennifer G. Wolcott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Heat lamps and hot cider. Can restaurants survive a pandemic winter?," 29 Sep. 2020 Pei said there were enormous challenges with modeling a novel coronavirus, but that after nine months of data from the pandemic, his team’s projections have become significantly more sophisticated. NBC News, "Vindicated Covid-19 models warn pandemic is far from over," 24 Sep. 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants states to get ready now to roll out vaccinations, which will present enormous logistical challenges. Arkansas Online, "Single-dose vaccine tested as U.S. experts say no corners cut," 23 Sep. 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants states to get ready now to roll out vaccinations, which will present enormous logistical challenges. CBS News, "Johnson & Johnson starts trial of single-dose COVID-19 vaccine," 23 Sep. 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants states to get ready now to roll out vaccinations, which will present enormous logistical challenges. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Johnson & Johnson begins late-stage study of first single-shot COVID-19 vaccine," 23 Sep. 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants states to get ready now to roll out vaccinations, which will present enormous logistical challenges. Star Tribune, "Single-dose vaccine tested as US experts say no corners cut," 23 Sep. 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants states to get ready now to roll out vaccinations, which will present enormous logistical challenges. Linda A. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "Late-stage study of first single-shot coronavirus vaccine begins in US," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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22 Oct 2020

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“Enormous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enormous. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for enormous

enormous

adjective
How to pronounce enormous (audio)

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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