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colossal

[kuh-los-uh l] /kəˈlɒs əl/
adjective
1.
extraordinarily great in size, extent, or degree; gigantic; huge.
2.
of or resembling a colossus.
3.
(initial capital letter) Architecture. noting or pertaining to a classical order whose columns or pilasters span two or more stories of a building.
Origin of colossal
1705-1715
1705-15; coloss(us) + -al1
Related forms
colossality
[kol-uh-sal-i-tee] /ˌkɒl əˈsæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
colossally, adverb
supercolossal, adjective
supercolossally, adverb
Synonyms
1. See gigantic.
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  • The Frankish chief who stood before me was a man of colossal stature.

    The Casque's Lark Eugne Sue
  • All is still on a colossal scale, but playful, capricious, phantasmagoric.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The plain indeed was etched in white circles and whirligigs like the slope of a colossal wave.

  • Everything was on a colossal scale, and trim as a Dutch interior.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • What would be thought of an avenue nearly two miles long, lined with over twelve hundred colossal sphinxes?

    From Egypt to Japan Henry M. Field
British Dictionary definitions for colossal

colossal

/kəˈlɒsəl/
adjective
1.
of immense size; huge; gigantic
2.
(in figure sculpture) approximately twice life-size Compare heroic (sense 7)
3.
(architect) Also giant. of or relating to the order of columns and pilasters that extend more than one storey in a façade
Derived Forms
colossally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for colossal
adj.

1712 (colossic in the same sense is recorded from c.1600), from French colossal, from colosse, from Latin colossus, from Greek kolossos (see colossus).

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