tre·​men·​dous | \ tri-ˈmen-dəs How to pronounce tremendous (audio) \

Definition of tremendous

1a : notable by reason of extreme size, power, greatness, or excellence tremendous problems a writer of tremendous talent often used as a generalized term of approval had a tremendous time
b : unusually large : huge a tremendous number of people
2 : being such as may excite trembling or arouse dread, awe, or terror

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tremendousness noun

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monstrous, prodigious, tremendous, stupendous mean extremely impressive. monstrous implies a departure from the normal (as in size, form, or character) and often carries suggestions of deformity, ugliness, or fabulousness. the monstrous waste of the project prodigious suggests a marvelousness exceeding belief, usually in something felt as going far beyond a previous maximum (as of goodness, greatness, intensity, or size). made a prodigious effort and rolled the stone aside tremendous may imply a power to terrify or inspire awe. the tremendous roar of the cataract stupendous implies a power to stun or astound, usually because of size, numbers, complexity, or greatness beyond description. a stupendous volcanic eruption

Examples of tremendous in a Sentence

He has a tremendous amount of energy. The engine's power is tremendous. She is a writer of tremendous talent. We had a tremendous time.
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First Known Use of tremendous

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tremendous

Latin tremendus, from gerundive of tremere

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The first known use of tremendous was in 1632

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24 Oct 2021

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“Tremendous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tremendous

: very large or great
: very good or excellent : wonderful


tre·​men·​dous | \ tri-ˈmen-dəs How to pronounce tremendous (audio) \

Kids Definition of tremendous

1 : astonishingly large, strong, or great The boy has a tremendous appetite.
2 : very good or excellent We had a tremendous time.

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tremendously adverb

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