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 \ ˌmän-​yə-​mən-​ˈta-​lə-​tē How to pronounce monumentality (audio) , -​ˌmen-​ \ noun
monumentally \ ˌmän-​yə-​ˈmen-​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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The exit will be slow, but the consequences will be monumental. Matthew Gault, The New Republic, "The U.S. Government Is Utterly Inept at Keeping Your Data Secure," 12 June 2019 This year’s Pride is monumental is a few ways, Meyer said as the primary colors were mixed behind her to create all of the colors of the rainbow. Julia Fair,, "Covington preps for Pride and transforms crosswalks into rainbows," 7 June 2019 But the last four years have been monumental for the Dutch, securing a European Championship for the first time as well as a joint championship with Sweden at the 2018 Algarve Cup. Dan Shulman,, "A guide to the 2019 Women’s World Cup soccer tournament," 6 June 2019 That business is why Tyler Acosta is proceeding so cautiously in making a monumental decision. Steve Reaven,, "Tyler Acosta, godson of Vladimir Guerrero, deciding between pro and college baseball," 19 June 2018 Organizers made two monumental decisions at the outset. John Branch, New York Times, "Dipsea: A Trail Race Where ‘You’re Either the Hunter or the Hunted’," 13 June 2018 Both Yandle and Ekblad played all 82 games this season, a standard season for Yandle (longest active games played streak at 715 games) but a monumental step for Ekblad. Matthew Defranks,, "Examining the Florida Panthers' top defensive pairings this season," 16 Apr. 2018 Xiumin's monumental Instagram post has received 1.5 million likes in just a couple hours, as well as hundreds of thousands of farewell messages from EXO fans. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Xiumin of EXO Just Shaved Off All His Hair for His Impending Military Enlistment," 6 May 2019 My book, Habeas Data, covers 50 years of surveillance law in America and chronicles the surprising effects of 10 monumental legal cases that have impacted our world. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "How does the third-party doctrine apply to future autonomous robots?," 28 June 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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