1

mammoth

noun mam·moth \ ˈma-məth \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of mammoth

1 : any of a genus (Mammuthus) of extinct Pleistocene mammals of the elephant family distinguished from recent elephants by highly ridged molars, usually large size, very long tusks that curve upward, and well-developed body hair
2 : something immense of its kind
  • the company is a mammoth of the industry

Examples of mammoth in a Sentence

  1. even as sport-utility vehicles go, that one is a mammoth

Recent Examples of mammoth from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mammoth.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of mammoth

Russian mamont, mamot


2

mammoth

adjective

Definition of mammoth

: of very great size

Examples of mammoth in a Sentence

  1. Renovating the house is a mammoth undertaking.

  2. a mammoth book with color plates of birds native to North America

Recent Examples of mammoth from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mammoth.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of mammoth

1801

Synonym Discussion of mammoth

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

MAMMOTH Defined for English Language Learners

mammoth

noun

Definition of mammoth for English Language Learners

  • : a type of large, hairy elephant that lived in ancient times and that had very long tusks that curved upward

  • : something that is very large


mammoth

adjective

Definition of mammoth for English Language Learners

  • : very large


MAMMOTH Defined for Kids

1

mammoth

noun mam·moth \ ˈma-məth \

Definition of mammoth for Students

: a very large hairy extinct elephant with long tusks that curve upward

2

mammoth

adjective

Definition of mammoth for Students

: very large : huge
  • a mammoth iceberg


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mammoth? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of very fine texture or delicate form

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu-jedi-training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!