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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Recent Examples on the Web

There is a voluminous academic literature on these subjects, but a new paper in the journal Energy Policy helps to cut through the fog. David Roberts, Vox, "What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government policy.," 20 Nov. 2018 Her light, shimmery makeup enhanced her fantastical vibes, and included a neutral metallic smoky eye, long, voluminous lashes, and a pink-nude lip with matching blush. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Wore a Braided Crown at the Governors Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 The Duchess wore her hair in a voluminous half-up hairstyle to go visit the Macarthur Girls High School in Sydney. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's New Half-Up Hairstyle Is So Pretty," 19 Oct. 2018 Experts say insurers are catching on to voluminous billing by hospitals in communities that typically have generated a tiny number of tests. Washington Post, "Outsiders Swoop In Vowing To Rescue Rural Hospitals Short On Hope — And Money," 6 June 2018 Prosecutors said the only items left to be turned over are two BlackBerry phones and the contents of a shredding machine, which were described as not voluminous. Kara Scannell, CNN, "Avenatti drops request to participate in Cohen case after warning to 'stop your publicity tour'," 30 May 2018 Condell’s first-degree murder case took more than a decade to reach trial before Circuit Judge Ellen Sue Venzer because of the difficult cooperation deals and voluminous witness depositions. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "A decade later, the case of a mass shooting at a birthday party finally goes to trial | Miami Herald," 3 Apr. 2018 McFadden said, adding that the sight of voluminous rap sheet can sometimes inspire a letter-writing campaign to city politicians. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Against state law, former SF police union head uses rap sheet as meeting prop," 15 Mar. 2018 China also has pledged to buy soybeans from other countries, but replacing voluminous American supplies will be difficult. Keith Bradsher, The Seattle Times, "China once looked tough on trade, but now its options are dwindling," 18 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'voluminous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about voluminous

Share voluminous

Statistics for voluminous

Last Updated

2 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for voluminous

The first known use of voluminous was in 1611

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for voluminous



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on voluminous

What made you want to look up voluminous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move with a clumsy heavy tread

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!