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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These new divisions of geologic time will likely bring some order and clarity to an era defined by monumental change, but not all scientists agree that the new ages are the best way to reclassify recent history. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "According to Geologists, We're Living In a New Age," 18 July 2018 It's being covered like a monumental event, with news networks from around the world flooding the region to soak up every second of the historic meeting. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "What's at stake in Trump's North Korea summit is bigger than we think," 11 June 2018 Of course, this is a monumental step forward for Hollywood, a town and industry that has long been dominated by straight, white, cis men. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Vow to Work With More Women and People of Color, so That's a Start," 14 Mar. 2018 Filing a grievance or PREA report without the fear of interception or reprisal would be a monumental step forward in protecting inmates from abuse and could dramatically decrease tensions within facilities. Karen L. Murtagh, Fortune, "Commentary: Why Is New York Giving Tablets to All State Prisoners?," 2 Feb. 2018 The work was been monumental in the development of new pharmaceuticals. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Nobels in Chemistry Made Evolution Work For Us," 3 Oct. 2018 But the difference between the teams in the standings, at the moment, is monumental: 11 games. Jeff Miller,, "Angels have been maddening with their consistent inconsistency," 2 July 2018 The chasm between those teams and the best of the rest, is monumental. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The United States' World Cup failure is looking worse every day," 19 June 2018 Elsewhere While pot won big in three out of four states voting on marijuana measures, other states passed monumental reforms that could impact mass incarceration. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Three States Approved Legal Marijuana During Midterm Elections," 7 Nov. 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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