voluminous

adjective

vo·​lu·​mi·​nous və-ˈlü-mə-nəs How to pronounce voluminous (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
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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Word History

Etymology

Late Latin voluminosus, from Latin volumin-, volumen

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of voluminous was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Voluminous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voluminous. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

voluminous

adjective
vo·​lu·​mi·​nous və-ˈlü-mə-nəs How to pronounce voluminous (audio)
1
a
: having or marked by great volume or bulk : large
a voluminous discharge of lava
b
: full sense 3b
voluminous curtains
2
: filling or capable of filling a large volume or several volumes
voluminous research
voluminously adverb
voluminousness noun

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