co·​los·​sal | \ kə-ˈlä-səl How to pronounce colossal (audio) \

Definition of colossal

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a colossus colossal statues
2 : of a bulk, extent, power, or effect approaching or suggesting the stupendous or incredible colossal rock formations colossal stellar explosions
3 : of an exceptional or astonishing degree a colossal failure a colossal bore colossal ambition

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Other Words from colossal

colossally \ kə-​ˈlä-​sə-​lē How to pronounce colossal (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for colossal

enormous, immense, huge, vast, gigantic, colossal, mammoth mean exceedingly large. enormous and immense both suggest an exceeding of all ordinary bounds in size or amount or degree, but enormous often adds an implication of abnormality or monstrousness. an enormous expense an immense shopping mall huge commonly suggests an immensity of bulk or amount. incurred a huge debt vast usually suggests immensity of extent. the vast Russian steppes gigantic stresses the contrast with the size of others of the same kind. a gigantic sports stadium colossal applies especially to a human creation of stupendous or incredible dimensions. a colossal statue of Lincoln mammoth suggests both hugeness and ponderousness of bulk. a mammoth boulder

Examples of colossal in a Sentence

a colossal statue of the town's founder
Recent Examples on the Web Nintendo has created some of the best video games in the history of the medium and remains a colossal industry force to this day. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 16 Oct. 2021 Aviation has largely been defined by its colossal financial losses—$138 billion last year alone and another $52 billion expected in 2021—since COVID brought travel to a standstill. Anurag Kotoky, Fortune, 15 Oct. 2021 But while the reconciliation package looks colossal by those standards, its passage wouldn’t guarantee Biden a legacy on par with those transformative social programs. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2021 Lakota East pulled off the colossal 7-6 victory in a defensive slugfest on Friday night, snapping a 15-game losing streak at Cardinal Stadium in the process. Evan Merrill, The Enquirer, 2 Oct. 2021 The theatre was specially constructed for this colossal screen and is capable of seating 574 viewers. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 28 Sep. 2021 While overall corporate debt is colossal (exceeding 160% of GDP), most of it is denominated in China’s own currency and owned by domestic banks and investors, creating fewer fragilities than external debt. Eswar Prasad, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2021 The product — or the colossal failure to reach a deal — will define not only the first year of Biden's presidency, but the legacy of Pelosi and a generation of lawmakers in Congress, with ramifications for next year’s midterm elections. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 4 Oct. 2021 The colossal General Sherman Tree, some of the other sequoias in the Giant Forest, a museum and some other buildings also were wrapped amid the possibility of intense flames. Scott Sonner, ajc, 18 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of colossal

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for colossal

see colossus

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20 Oct 2021

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“Colossal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of colossal

: very large or great


co·​los·​sal | \ kə-ˈlä-səl How to pronounce colossal (audio) \

Kids Definition of colossal

: very large : huge a colossal success She gave the ball a colossal heave.

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