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Examples of gargantuan in a sentence
a creature of gargantuan proportions
people seem to be buying ever more gargantuan SUVs these days
Did You Know?
Gargantua is the name of a giant king in François Rabelais's 16th-century satiric novel Gargantua. All of the details of Gargantua's life befit a giant. He rides a colossal mare whose tail switches so violently that it fells the entire forest of Orleans. He has an enormous appetite - in one memorable incident, he inadvertently swallows five pilgrims while eating a salad. The scale of everything connected with Gargantua gave rise to the adjective "gargantuan," which since Shakespeare's time has been used of anything of tremendous size or volume.
Origin and Etymology of gargantuan
First Known Use: 1596
GARGANTUAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gargantuan for English Language Learners
: very large in size or amount
GARGANTUAN Defined for Kids
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