monumental

adjective
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The home’s monumental fireplace, which brings together the four classical elements of earth, air, fire and water, has been restored, as have the art-glass balcony doors in the master bedroom. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2022 Even with its compromises, the Inflation Reduction Act is monumental by any standard. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2022 Navigating the serpentine, biodynamic landscape of the organic vineyards interspersed with monumental sculptures while sipping a curated array of vintages was an indulgent, otherworldly delight. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 The Biden administration is holding out the CIA operation that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri as a monumental strike against the global terror network responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001. Chicago Tribune, 2 Aug. 2022 Esquites — corn that’s grilled, cut off the cob and then stewed with butter and spices before getting a topping of mayonnaise and chile flakes — are sold from carts and stalls near busy intersections and along monumental city squares. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 At a time when critical, monumental, and world-changing events are more immediately available and accessible than ever before, the work of the journalists and documentarians that bring us the truth of these stories is under tremendous assault. Beatrice Verhoeven, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 July 2022 At a time when critical, monumental, and world-changing events are more immediately available and accessible than ever before, the work of the journalists and documentarians that bring us the truth of these stories is under tremendous assault. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 28 July 2022 The result is a triumph of modern construction and archaeological knowledge, and is easily the most accomplished example of monumental masonry in America. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 27 July 2022 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Monumental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monumental. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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