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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The sweeping red gown featured voluminous puff sleeves embellished with over a thousand crystals. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Golden Globes 2019: Everything to Know About Chrissy Metz's Custom Tanya Taylor Gown," 6 Jan. 2019 Adding an undercut to the look helps keep the mullet from looking voluminous and retro — without sacrificing the business-in-the-front-party-in-the-back aesthetic. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Star Kai of EXO Reveals New Mullet at Gucci's Spring/Summer 2019 Show," 25 Sep. 2018 These applications are highly classified and voluminous, sometimes 50 to 60 pages, according to John E. McLaughlin, a former C.I.A. deputy director. Eileen Sullivan, New York Times, "Answers About the Secret Memo on the Trump-Russia Inquiry," 30 Jan. 2018 By 2010, Kardashian West was practically the definition of the bombshell beauty equation: Tousled, voluminous hair, out-to-there lashes, deft contouring that sharpened her features against a famously sinuous frame. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, Kim Kardashian West! Tracing Her Jaw-Dropping Beauty Evolution," 21 Oct. 2018 Skipping out on the 16-year-old model's massively voluminous runway hair, Gaga instead brought the pink feathered look to the red carpet with a sleek updo. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Just Shut Down the Venice Film Festival in Valentino Couture," 31 Aug. 2018 DuWop's latest innovation was designed not only give you a more voluminous pout, but to actually make your teeth look whiter too! Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "DuWop Launches Blue Venom Lip Plumper," 20 Dec. 2010 One major benefit of their voluminous physical design is that the Momentums offer great noise isolation. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: sonic standout," 30 Nov. 2018 Along with a host of statement Lorraine Schwartz jewels, Blake teamed the dress with bedazzled gold Louboutin heels, and huge, voluminous, pinned-back curls for the perfect finishing touch. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively's Silver Chainmail Dress and Huge Curls are Your Ultimate Holiday Party Inspiration," 3 Dec. 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 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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