Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of great size, extent, or amount; immense. synonym: enormous.
  • adjective Of great scope or consequence; monumental.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of enormous size; gigantic; huge.
  • adjective (Sculpture & Painting) Of a size larger than heroic. See Heroic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Extremely large or on a great scale.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French, from Latin colossus, colossus; see colossus.]

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From French colossal, formed from Latin colossus, from Ancient Greek κολοσσός (kolossos, "giant statue").

Examples

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

    Deconstructing Obama

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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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