voluminous

adjective
vo·​lu·​mi·​nous | \ və-ˈlü-mə-nəs How to pronounce voluminous (audio) \

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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Masvidal and Askren had an intense personal rivalry heading into the fight, exchanging voluminous trash talk rooted in years of mutual dislike. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "Amanda Nunes wins big, Jon Jones squeaks decision at UFC 239," 7 July 2019 The volcano has produced voluminous flows of lava that have reached the ocean at least eight times since 1868, and twice its eruptions have destroyed villages, in 1926 and 1950. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Alert level raised at Hawaiian volcano Mauna Loa," 2 July 2019 An extremely grainy paparazzi photo taken from high above the ground appears to show Sophie Turner wearing a white gown with sleeves and a voluminous skirt, as well as a veil on hair that appears to be left down. Marci Robin, Allure, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Got Married at Formal Wedding Ceremony in France," 30 June 2019 For at least the past century, these animals have been prized for their voluminous output. Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019 She is draped on a chair, wearing a fashionable dress with a bodice cinched to her waist and a voluminous skirt lavishly sweeping the floor. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Haunted Image of Harriet Tubman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill," 18 June 2019 Behind her hat, Lizzo wore her natural hair tied up into a voluminous puff. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "Lizzo Rocked Her Natural Hair To The BET Awards," 25 June 2019 Grossman wrote Stalingrad from his voluminous wartime notebooks. Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 Lizzo performed with voluminous waist-length waves, Meagan Good wore ultra-chic braids, and Ciara rocked a sleek bob — just to name a few. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Rihanna's Hairstylist Used $5 Hair Gel for Her "Baby Doll" Look for the 2019 BET Awards," 24 June 2019

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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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voluminous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of voluminous

formal
: very large : containing a lot of space
of clothing : using large amounts of fabric : very full
: having very many words or pages

voluminous

adjective
vo·​lu·​mi·​nous | \ və-ˈlü-mə-nəs How to pronounce voluminous (audio) \

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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