mon·​u·​men·​tal | \ ˌmän-yə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce monumental (audio) \

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

Other Words from monumental

monumentality \ ˌmän-​yə-​mən-​ˈta-​lə-​tē How to pronounce monumental (audio) , -​ˌmen-​ \ noun
monumentally \ ˌmän-​yə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce monumental (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The 2021 Alabama offense closes the regular season against Arkansas (No. 95 pass defense) and Auburn (No. 88) before likely facing a monumental task in the SEC title game against Georgia (No. 6). Michael Casagrande |, al, 16 Nov. 2021 For enterprises with global operations, this obligation becomes a monumental task. Rehan Jalil, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 With a team as talented as the Brooklyn Nets on the schedule, the Orlando Magic had a monumental task of figuring out how to defend against two of the best players in the NBA in Kevin Durant and James Harden. Matt Murschel,, 10 Nov. 2021 Tony Stubblefield has taken on the monumental task of trying to rebuild DePaul, which went 5-28 in league games the last two seasons under Dave Leitao. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Nov. 2021 Only time will tell whether the monumental success of Netflix's streaming platform is transferable to its gaming platform. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 4 Nov. 2021 That monumental task must be left for later, braver generations. Andrew Lawler, Time, 3 Nov. 2021 Hansen and other members of the UIRC staff discussed the different digital tools and algorithms used by the commission to make the monumental task of dividing up Utah into new voting districts more manageable. Jeff Parrott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Oct. 2021 But locating the missing remains a monumental task. Oscar Lopez, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021

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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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“Monumental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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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