adjective tre·men·dous \ tri-ˈmen-dəs \
Updated on: 9 Mar 2018

Definition of tremendous

1 a : notable by reason of extreme size, power, greatness, or excellence
  • tremendous problems
  • a writer of tremendous talent
often used as a generalized term of approval
  • had a tremendous time
b : unusually large : huge
  • a tremendous number of people
2 : being such as may excite trembling or arouse dread, awe, or terror





Examples of tremendous in a Sentence

  1. He has a tremendous amount of energy.

  2. The engine's power is tremendous.

  3. She is a writer of tremendous talent.

  4. We had a tremendous time.

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Origin and Etymology of tremendous

Latin tremendus, from gerundive of tremere

Synonym Discussion of tremendous

monstrous, prodigious, tremendous, stupendous mean extremely impressive. monstrous implies a departure from the normal (as in size, form, or character) and often carries suggestions of deformity, ugliness, or fabulousness.
    • the monstrous waste of the project
prodigious suggests a marvelousness exceeding belief, usually in something felt as going far beyond a previous maximum (as of goodness, greatness, intensity, or size).
    • made a prodigious effort and rolled the stone aside
tremendous may imply a power to terrify or inspire awe.
    • the tremendous roar of the cataract
stupendous implies a power to stun or astound, usually because of size, numbers, complexity, or greatness beyond description.
    • a stupendous volcanic eruption

TREMENDOUS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of tremendous for English Language Learners

  • : very large or great

  • : very good or excellent

TREMENDOUS Defined for Kids


adjective tre·men·dous \ tri-ˈmen-dəs \

Definition of tremendous for Students

1 : astonishingly large, strong, or great
  • The boy has a tremendous appetite.
2 : very good or excellent
  • We had a tremendous time.



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