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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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 Olson served as solicitor general in the George W. Bush administration after representing Bush at the Supreme Court in the monumental Bush v. Gore case that delivered the 2000 presidential election to Bush. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Who is Ted Olson?," 20 Mar. 2018 His achievements are monumental, and were highlighted in a recent New Yorker profile of Abloh. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Virgil Abloh Talks About His Michael Jackson Inspiration for Louis Vuitton," 13 Mar. 2019 There are executives around the NBA who can’t help but conclude that being so close to a monumental upset had lingering effects on these Rockets. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Houston Rockets Have a Warriors Hangover," 12 Dec. 2018 But if there is to be a monumental upset at the French Open, who might be on the other side of the net? Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Rafael Nadal: Who can stop the 'King of Clay' at the French Open?," 21 May 2018 While the line is not cheap—prices range from $999 for a coffee table to S11,499 for a monumental wooden desk by Guglielmo Ulrich—customers are investing in timeless, substantial pieces. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Buy Vintage at CB2, Thanks to a Line from Charlie Ferrer," 14 Mar. 2019 Both Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel are monumental characters, and their differences are what make each of them so special and lovable. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Captain Marvel Is a New Kind of Female Hero," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of monumental

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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