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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But to many in the transgender community, the moment was monumental: Here, on a national debate stage, a candidate for president brought up the transgender community in a conversation about reproductive health care. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "At first debate, transgender issues were raised like never before — and the community noticed," 27 June 2019 Here’s one — even just the 1 percent increase in the flat tax would be monumental to a working mother on a marginal income. Chicago Tribune, Lake County News-Sun, "Talk of the County: Hope you liberals are happy with the 'tax-and-spend idiot billionaire' governor," 10 June 2019 On the other hand, if Guaido and his foreign allies manage to force Maduro from office, the task of rebuilding the broken nation will be monumental. Peter Millard,, "A Timeline of Venezuela’s Economic Rise and Fall," 16 Feb. 2019 The effort for planning a nationwide census is monumental, and the decision comes at a critical time., "Supreme Court rejection of census citizenship question cheered by Portland, Multnomah County officials," 27 June 2019 The monumental central staircase that begins on that floor had also been more or less abandoned, and portions of it removed, in favor of a smaller utility staircase. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Dallas' old city hall has been transformed inside for UNT Dallas' law school," 27 June 2019 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

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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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