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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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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17 Jun 2021

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“Voluminous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voluminous. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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