inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear; causing or inducing awe: an awesome sight.
showing or characterized by reverence, admiration, or fear; exhibiting or marked by awe.
Slang. very impressive: That new white convertible is totally awesome.

1590–1600; awe + -some1

awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun

awful, awesome, offal (see usage note at awful).

See awful. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
awesome (ˈɔːsəm)
1.  inspiring or displaying awe
2.  slang excellent or outstanding

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, "profoundly reverential," from awe + -some. Meaning "inspiring awe" is from 1670s; weakened colloquial sense of "impressive, very good" is recorded by 1961 and was in vogue from after c.1980.
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Slang Dictionary

awesome definition

  1. exclam.
    Great!; Excellent! (Usually Awesome! Standard English, but used often in slang.) : You own that gorgeous hog? Awesome!
  2. mod.
    impressive. : That thing is so awesome!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
See the awesome destructive power of landslides.
You'll get awesome views from the ridge, where you'll also find alpine
  wildflowers this month.
At five feet long, with a five-foot wing span, this has to be the most awesome
  mailbox on the block.
This role reversal is a case study in the awesome power of the partisan mindset.
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