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[kuh-los-uh l] /kəˈlɒs əl/
extraordinarily great in size, extent, or degree; gigantic; huge.
of or resembling a colossus.
(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
1705-15; coloss(us) + -al1
Related forms
[kol-uh-sal-i-tee] /ˌkɒl əˈsæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
colossally, adverb
supercolossal, adjective
supercolossally, adverb
1. See gigantic. Unabridged
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  • The first sight to greet a visitor to the show is a colossal stone chimera, a hybrid of lion and bird, in the museum lobby.
British Dictionary definitions for colossal


of immense size; huge; gigantic
(in figure sculpture) approximately twice life-size Compare heroic (sense 7)
(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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