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 voluminous ensemble had a long train, structured shoulders, and was decked out in blush butterflies, which almost resembled florals, that popped out from her dress. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams' Met Gala Sneakers Gave Her Versace Dress an Edge," 6 May 2019 To achieve Middleton’s voluminous look, my stylist used Kérastase products — the Duchess is reportedly a fan — and twirled my hair with a round brush before pinning it up in rollers. Rebecca Nelson, Cosmopolitan, "I Lived Like Kate Middleton For a Week," 10 Jan. 2018 While primping for the award show, the Westworld star displayed her voluminous, diffused curls defining her face, dramatic smokey topaz eyeshadow with a wink, while her makeup artist applied a soft pink lipstick with a lip brush. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 The collection featured voluminous denim dresses, jackets and skirts, with the latter often covering thigh-high boots. Jocelyn Noveck, The Seattle Times, "Back from Paris, Proenza Schouler designers go all-American," 10 Sep. 2018 Both Oprah and Julia Roberts have voluminous curls, which create a backdrop for the accessories, and contribute to a generally effusive image. Christine Lennon, WSJ, "How to Combine Glasses and Earrings Successfully," 14 Aug. 2018 After all, voluminous statistics show that starting pitchers are less effective in their third and fourth trips through the batting order. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Is 'bullpenning' MLB's best path to 27 outs - or a gateway to 'mediocrity'?," 21 Mar. 2018 While David looked dapper in a silk lapel tux and bowtie, Victoria put a new spin on eveningwear, opting for a voluminous white long sleeve blouse and a pair of baggy black trousers over tights. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria and David Beckham Join Kate Middleton at the National Portrait Gallery Gala," 12 Mar. 2019 Her stunning strapless red gown by Khyeli and had a voluminous front and a low straight back. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Wore a Mullet Dress and Won the Golden Globes Red Carpet," 7 Jan. 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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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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