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

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Other Words from monumental

monumentality \ -​mən-​ˈta-​lə-​tē How to pronounce monumentality (audio) , -​ˌmen-​ \ noun
monumentally \ -​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce monumentally (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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While the line is not cheap—prices range from $999 for a coffee table to S11,499 for a monumental wooden desk by Guglielmo Ulrich—customers are investing in timeless, substantial pieces. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Buy Vintage at CB2, Thanks to a Line from Charlie Ferrer," 14 Mar. 2019 Both Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel are monumental characters, and their differences are what make each of them so special and lovable. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Captain Marvel Is a New Kind of Female Hero," 11 Mar. 2019 Girl groups have rarely done so, despite K-pop's skyrocketing popularity in the U.S., making this even more monumental. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Red Velvet Members Share Their Biggest Skin-Care Secrets," 7 Mar. 2019 By and large, the people entrusted with the monumental task of cultivating education in this country are chronically overworked, understaffed, and underpaid. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Education Workers on Campuses Around the Country Are Demanding Better Labor Conditions," 10 Jan. 2019 Most people who see them don't know their true purpose: A hundred years ago, the British government built these monumental structures as a way to pick up the sounds of approaching airships and know the Germans were coming. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Huge Concrete “Mirrors” That Helped the U.K. Predict Air Raids During World War I," 10 Jan. 2019 What makes this a monumental shift is that, for the last two decades, a very different Hall of Fame quarterback has been the model for NFL postseason success. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The Most Important Quarterback in the NFL Playoffs: Brett Favre," 4 Jan. 2019 This is a monumental shift, Adrianzen said by phone from Dammam, a Saudi port city along the Persian Gulf. Hillary Davis,, "Newport driving instructor at forefront of getting Saudi women on the road," 29 June 2018 Just as travelers have long marveled at its monumental sculptures and murals, so have scholars recognized Sri Lanka’s artistic impact on Southeast Asia. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘The Jeweled Isle: Art From Sri Lanka’ Review: Reclaiming a Country’s Creative History," 1 Jan. 2019

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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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