vo·lu·mi·nous | \və-ˈlü-mə-nəs \

Definition of voluminous 

1a : having or marked by great volume or bulk : large long voluminous tresses also : full a voluminous skirt

b : numerous trying to keep track of voluminous slips of paper

2a : filling or capable of filling a large volume or several volumes a voluminous literature on the subject

b : writing or speaking much or at great length a voluminous correspondent

3 : consisting of many folds, coils, or convolutions : winding

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Other Words from voluminous

voluminously adverb
voluminousness noun

Examples of voluminous in a Sentence

the building's high ceilings and voluminous spaces a writer of voluminous output

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Marc Jacobs wowed me with his voluminous silhouettes. Sarah Moroz, The Cut, "Meet the Artist Behind Sikh Ladies in Sick Fashion," 21 Mar. 2018 The drop-frame safety did allow women to ride in dresses, but not in the swagged, voluminous frocks of the Victorian parlor. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 The voluminous floor plan is big on open-plan space. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Former Sonics star Shawn Kemp looks to sell lakeside retreat near Seattle," 4 July 2018 The procedure for filing a complaint involved several steps, and each step involved its own paperwork, the voluminous remnants of which were found at the old station. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "The Case of the Purloined Poultry: How ISIS Prosecuted Petty Crime," 1 July 2018 The clip opens with a voluminous-haired Smith serenading the track's first verse from a decrepit living room, but the night's agenda gets a bit blurry fairly soon after. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Bastille Has a Wild Night Out In 'Quarter Past Midnight' Video: Watch," 23 May 2018 Whereas most of the volume on that dress was in the skirt, her Oscars afterparty dress had all the voluminous detail on her shoulders. Lauren Adhav, Cosmopolitan, "Kendall Jenner Showed Off Her Supermodel Legs in the Shortest Mini Dress E-V-E-R," 5 Mar. 2018 And now Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has sent a personal request for basically an all-hands-on-deck to start digging into the voluminous amount of work history that the judge has. Fox News, "US ambassador to UK reacts to Trump's NATO comments," 12 July 2018 The games are won on the margins, and no coach is worth more in these situations than Stevens, who consumes a voluminous amount of information in search of any edge that can help the Celtics win a playoff game. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Why You Can Predict the NBA Playoffs," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of voluminous

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for voluminous

Late Latin voluminosus, from Latin volumin-, volumen

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English Language Learners Definition of voluminous

: very large : containing a lot of space

of clothing : using large amounts of fabric : very full

: having very many words or pages


vo·lu·mi·nous | \və-ˈlü-mə-nəs \

Kids Definition of voluminous

1 : of great size or amount : large a voluminous stamp collection

2 : full entry 1 sense 5 a voluminous robe

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