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 mishaps in the scrimmage also reinforced the monumental challenge that Flores has as one of the NFL’s six new first-time head coaches. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Dolphins' Brian Flores pushes Patriots principles, hopes to buck Belichick disciple trend," 8 Aug. 2019 The focus of this monumental form has always been clear. A.c. | San Francisco, The Economist, "The social and political mural goes digital," 5 Aug. 2019 Indeed, long before Puerto Ricans took to the streets for nearly two weeks in July to demand that Rosselló step down, generations had lived through monumental levels of corruption and mismanagement at the hands of a disconnected political class. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "The sudden downfall of one of Puerto Rico's most powerful political dynasties," 2 Aug. 2019 Just over a year since women were granted the historical right to drive, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has now passed another monumental reform to enable females to finally obtain passports and travel alone. Fox News, "Saudi Arabia grants women right to obtain own passports, travel without male guardian," 2 Aug. 2019 The following week, Pigrome helped Maryland to the brink of a monumental upset of No. Don Markus,, "Long a position in question, Maryland appears stocked with depth and talent at quarterback," 2 Aug. 2019 With a nonconference slate of at Cincinnati, San Diego State and Oklahoma and games at Washington State and at Arizona to start Pac-12 play, a 3-2 start would feel like a monumental accomplishment. Los Angeles Times, "College football 2019: Will USC and UCLA have anything to cheer about?," 31 July 2019 What survive in Petra are the monumental tombs carved into the rock faces. Andrew Solomon, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling Through Jordan’s Historic Ruins, Red Dunes, and Dead Sea," 24 July 2019 Lambert pointed to Brian O’Connell, a Chicago native and Live Nation’s President of Country Touring, as being instrumental in making this monumental day a reality. Dan Hyman,, "Country LakeShake makes waves with an all-female lineup," 17 June 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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