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 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 Applying for college has likely been one of the most monumental processes in their young lives up to this point. Heidi Stevens,, "Column: College decision day means Facebook feeds filled with proud parent posts. But what if your kid isn’t into them?," 3 May 2021 This has been a monumental achievement, rolling out this vaccine, getting that many Americans vaccinated. CBS News, "Transcript: Scott Gottlieb discusses coronavirus on "Face the Nation," May 2, 2021," 2 May 2021 Available May 11 Even 100 years later, what is now known as the Tulsa Race Massacre remains one of the most overlooked but also most monumental events in U.S. history. Rachel King, Fortune, "6 new books to read in May," 1 May 2021 Green: Back in 2008, the governor at the time, Charlie Crist, announced a monumental plan where the state would buy out U.S. Sugar Corp., the nation’s oldest and largest sugarcane producer. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando radio reporter Amy Green publishes Everglades book," 11 Mar. 2021 That’s why her most recent album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is so monumental. Kate Dwyer, Marie Claire, "Why 'Fearless (Taylor’s Version)' Hits Different in 2021," 14 Apr. 2021 Yet this will be a monumental achievement in itself. Jonathan O'callaghan, Forbes, "NASA’s $85m ‘Mars Helicopter’ Is About To Attempt Flight On Another Planet For The First Time Ever," 12 Apr. 2021 This time, occurring at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, the moment was even more monumental. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: UCLA didn’t deserve to get Laettnered after playing like champions vs. Gonzaga," 4 Apr. 2021 The impediments to pursuing slavery litigation today are even more monumental. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "The Incalculable Debt That America Owes Black People," 26 Feb. 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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6 May 2021

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“Monumental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 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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