larger-than-life

adjective

larg·​er-than-life ˈlär-jər-ṯẖən-ˈlīf How to pronounce larger-than-life (audio)
: of the sort legends are made of
larger-than-life heroes

Examples of larger-than-life in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The larger-than-life image of MBS conveyed a message: The young ruler is the ultimate patron behind these ambitious projects. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2024 Imax, however, works with directors to alter the film, increasing the resolution and sharpness of the larger-than-life footage. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024 Meanwhile, Holiday’s late arrival this offseason was overshadowed by the team’s acquisition of big man Kristaps Porzingis, whose larger-than-life presence has literally revamped the Celtics’ entire look. Hunter Felt, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Courtesy of Rick Hendrick Rick Hendrick has scored a slew of larger-than-life victories over the decades. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2024 Designing a space rather than their outfits, the girls needed to come up with cohesive themes and larger-than-life presentations to make the judges laugh. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 26 Mar. 2024 Like most other workplaces, Kernel employees have a quirky, larger-than-life coworker: a six-axis robot arm that can reach over 3 feet and lift over 11 pounds at the wrist. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2024 Gas pumps have selfie points where customers can take a photo with cardboard cutouts of the prime minister alongside a larger-than-life red cylinder. Sushmita Pathak, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Mar. 2024 Bonham Carter sinks her teeth into this larger-than-life personality, portraying a lioness in the winter of her career who understands that even if the show is dreck, being its star has become inextricably entwined with her identity. Brian Lowry, CNN, 16 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of larger-than-life was in 1937

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“Larger-than-life.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/larger-than-life. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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