over·​size | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsīz How to pronounce oversize (audio) \
variants: or oversized \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈsīzd How to pronounce oversized (audio) \

Definition of oversize

: being of more than standard or ordinary size oversize pillows an oversize shirt

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Examples of oversize in a Sentence

the woman's oversize hat was blocking my view of the minister a softball is an oversize and less densely stuffed baseball

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To up the ante, enamel jewelry and belts, silky hair scarves, oversize chain-link necklaces, and structured handbags helped to compliment the looks. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "NYFW: Brandon Maxwell Spring/Summer 2020 Was A Supermodel Dance Party," 8 Sep. 2019 The popular brand Alyx, designed by Matthew Williams, continued to traffic heavily in black S&M leathers, oversize outerwear and tactical accessories such as pocketed chest rigs and military belts. Max Berlinger, Los Angeles Times, "Fall Fashion: For men, looks inspired by ‘The Matrix’ are one of this season’s biggest trends," 7 Sep. 2019 The seating arrangement is held together by an orange-and-pink vintage Oushak rug from Mansour; overhead, an oversize lantern by Circa Lighting is large enough to make a statement dangling from the room’s 16-foot-high coved ceiling. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "ELLE Decor Celebrates 30 Years with a Stunning New York City Residence," 4 Sep. 2019 My favorite one, a hauntingly beautiful image of Amber Valletta dressed in a white tuxedo with oversize angel wings walking through the streets of New York, currently hangs in my lobby. Harper's BAZAAR, "Glenda Bailey on Peter Lindbergh’s “Gently Seductive” Photography," 4 Sep. 2019 Where Warhol, say, was all scheming zero affect, Hockney was — thankfully, still is — boyishness abundant: not just the peroxide-blond hair and oversize glasses and out-thrust chin, but the constant bubbling play of his intelligence. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "At the MFA, two films on two very different masters: painter David Hockney and photographer Robert Frank," 29 Aug. 2019 The 100 percent cotton twill chino with a compact weave, tonal herringbone pocketing and natural corozo buttons has a slightly oversize fit, a high waist and a straight leg. Jean Palmieri | Wwd, latimes.com, "Abercrombie & Fitch to debut John F. Kennedy-inspired collection," 9 Apr. 2018 Publishers like Taschen, Phaidon, and Rizzoli are making these gorgeous oversize books on art, design, and architecture. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Gwyneth Paltrow Hired a Personal Book Curator—Here's What He Chose For Her Shelves," 20 Aug. 2019 Owner Katie Rue opts for an oversize format with matchsticks in colors that pop and three different vibrant designs as the backdrop. Bryan Fountain, Bon Appétit, "I’m a Matchbook Hoarder, But This One Is My Absolute Favorite," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of oversize

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oversize was circa 1834

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English Language Learners Definition of oversize

: larger than the normal size : very large


over·​size | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsīz How to pronounce oversize (audio) \
variants: or oversized \ -​ˈsīzd \

Kids Definition of oversize

: larger than the usual or normal size an oversize package

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