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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Running to nearly 900 pages, this monumental work traces the wartime experiences of an extended family, the Shaposhnikovs, their spouses, lovers, friends, and colleagues, and figures from various spheres of Soviet life. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Vasily Grossman’s Lost Epic," 27 Aug. 2019 This monumental work of digital visual art is a kind of living diorama, which premiered at the New Zealand pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 2017. A.c. | San Francisco, The Economist, "The social and political mural goes digital," 5 Aug. 2019 Having grown up in Dearborn, Mich., my awareness of his monumental work stems from visiting his New Haven home and workshop in Greenfield Village, an outdoor history museum and National Historic Landmark in suburban Detroit. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Our language is moonstruck with lunar words," 3 Aug. 2019 Painted when the artist was in his thirties, the monumental works prefaced Tiepolo’s later Grand Mannerist creations in such far-flung locales as Bavaria and Spain. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The Frick Revives 18th-Century Frescoes Destroyed During World War II," 3 July 2019 The impetus for these performances may have come less from audiences, to whom Busoni is hardly a household name, than from the musicians themselves, to whom a monumental work like the Busoni concerto presents an exhilarating challenge. Michael Thaddeus, The New York Review of Books, "Michael Thaddeus," 24 Feb. 2019 So to have this taken down before the commemoration is monumental. Washington Post, "‘Anathema:’ Jefferson Davis’s name is gone from memorial at place where first Africans arrived," 6 Aug. 2019 For this is a monumental work that daringly breaks down boundaries between classical and jazz, sacred and secular, concert and theater. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: A powerful Passion closes Minnesota Orchestra’s Latin Sommerfest," 3 Aug. 2019 Two years ago the struggles on the road were monumental., "What Mario Cristobal said at Pac-12 Media Day," 24 July 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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