Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of a size, extent, or degree that elicits awe or taxes belief; immense. See Synonyms at enormous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Extremely large or on a great scale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of enormous size; gigantic; huge.
  • adj. Of a size larger than heroic. See Heroic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like a colossus; of extraordinary size; huge; gigantic.
  • Synonyms Immense, enormous, prodigious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe

Etymologies

French, from Latin colossus, colossus; see colossus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French colossal, formed from Latin colossus, from Ancient Greek κολοσσός (kolossos, "giant statue"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He uses the word colossal when something truly irks him.

    Deconstructing Obama

  • Plus, former President Bill Clinton warning fellow Democrats against what he calls a colossal blunder.

    CNN Transcript Dec 17, 2009

  • At night, asleep, he lived with the gods in colossal nightmare; and awake, in the day, he went around like a somnambulist, with absent stare, gazing upon the world he had just discovered.

    Chapter 13

  • Though anti-drug organizations like the Partnership gladly re-enforce all of these supposed stoner traits, the media has piled on with constant jokey references to pot-heads adding "dude" to every sentence (ok, maybe that one's true, dude) with their groggy heads buried in colossal sized bags of Doritos.

    Steve Bloom: Legalization or Bust: A Brief History of Marijuana Prohibition

  • I drift with the crowd out of the square into a tangle of narrow streets, where the public-houses are a-roar with drunkenness, men, women, and children mixed together in colossal debauch.

    CORONATION DAY

  • And so it was that the whole population of San Francisco went forth next day in colossal frolic upon the hills that overlooked the sea.

    Goliah

  • At night, asleep, he lived with the gods in colossal ni. htmlare; and awake, in the day, he went around like a somnambulist, with absent stare, gazing upon the world he had just discovered.

    THE PHILOSOPHY OF JACK LONDON

  • Dwarfing the more famous Three Gorges Dams in cost and scale, this hydroengineering colossal is China's solution to a predicted water-parched future, one that surely would derail the most dynamic economy in the world if it came to pass.

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  • Although they use enough power to require daily recharges (both use memory cards, which seem to drain colossal amounts of power), I had never had a problem with one of they dying on me in the midst of the day.

    Reflective Surface - Mobility

  • Their nuclear power, though colossal, is so colossal as to be unusable except for keeping each other terrified.

    The New Look in U.S. Policy

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  • Iowa. Nebraska. Wyoming. Utah. Those unritzy states of seared openess, giant arenas for the colossal geometry of light and weather. Here the main performance is still planetary, a lumbering introspective working-out of masses and pressures yielding huge accidents of beauty: thunderheads like floating anvils; a sudden blizzard. Geological time, it dawns on you, is still going on. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 12, 2012