mon·u·men·tal | \ˌmän-yə-ˈmen-tᵊl \

Definition of monumental 

1 : serving as or resembling a monument : massive monumental sculptures also : highly significant : outstanding a monumental painting that stunned the American public

2 : of or relating to a monument modern monumental architecture

3 : very great a monumental misunderstanding

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Other Words from monumental

monumentality \-mən-ˈta-lə-tē, -ˌmen- \ noun
monumentally \-tᵊl-ē \ adverb

Examples of monumental in a Sentence

It's more than a mistake; it's a case of monumental stupidity. the monumental complexity of the issue Repairing the damage will be a monumental task. The class was about modern monumental architecture.
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Kennedy will retire at the end of next month, introducing a monumental change to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jacob Taylor /, NBC News, "A look back at Justice Kennedy's most influential cases," 29 June 2018 Some Americans stayed up into the wee hours of the morning Saturday to watch the ceremony live, while others caught up with the monumental event later in the day. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Married: Celebrities React to Royal Wedding on Social Media," 19 May 2018 Most Americans are taught only about a select number of monumental events and influential figures in history. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "Women's History Month: 3 Women Who Changed America," 30 Mar. 2018 And one of those mistakes was when former GM Rob Hennigan made the monumental blunder of trading up-and-coming young draft pick Victor Oladipo for veteran Serge Ibaka two years ago. Mike Bianchi,, "Orlando Magic had no choice but to sign Aaron Gordon in wake of Victor Oladipo blunder," 2 July 2018 Taurus Expect lots of monumental realizations over the next several weeks, but try to avoid unnecessary confrontation after Thursday, July 26 when Mercury begins its retrograde cycle. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's July 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 June 2018 Celebrities from Lin-Manuel Miranda to Morgan Freeman took to Twitter to voice their opinions following the monumental decision. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bette Midler & More Celebrities React to Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Travel Ban," 26 June 2018 One of the world’s biggest property-casualty insurers, Chubb is part of an industrywide race to develop new products as the car industry goes through a monumental shift. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "Grabbing an Uber? Now You Can Buy Your Own Insurance for the Ride," 14 June 2018 List the reasons for why the United States failed to reach the World Cup and the monumental disaster feels less like a tragedy and more like something deserved. Dylan Hernandez,, "Christian Pulisic will use his World Cup absence to rest and watch LeBron James," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of monumental

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of monumental was in 1596

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English Language Learners Definition of monumental

: very important

: very great or extreme

: of or relating to a monument

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