Definitions

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

  • adj. Of enormous size or magnitude; huge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. very large; like a giant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Befitting a giant; bombastic; magniloquent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Gigantic in character or quality; befitting a giant.

Etymologies

French, from Italian gigantesco, from gigante, giant, from Latin gigās, gigant-; see giant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, ultimately from Italian gigantesco (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (it sounds even bigger in French: gigantesque!) egg in its loss to Iowa (Iowa!) on Wednesday.

    Deadspin

  • But if we leave that innuendo aside, if we adopt the sane reflection that "gigantesque" does not exceed "gigantic," or assert as constant failure of greatness, but only indicates that the magnifying process is carried on with a certain indiscriminateness, we shall find none, I think, which so thoroughly well describes him.

    The Human Comedy: Introductions and Appendix

  • Balzac protested strenuously against the use of the word "gigantesque" in reference to his work; and of course it is susceptible of an unhandsome innuendo.

    The Human Comedy: Introductions and Appendix

  • Peering down from another was Albert Speer, Hitler's court architect, who had his own model, which notoriously turned the city into "Germania," the gigantesque capital of Hitler's 1,000-year Reich.

    Berlin's Fulfilled Dreams and Empty Spaces

  • The palace underwent almost 400 revisions to its plans and was built from 1989 to 2000, through years of crippling international sanctions that necessitated that some corners be cut in executing the former dictator's gigantesque vision.

    Turf Battle Forms Over Hussein's Palaces

  • The palace underwent almost 400 revisions to its plans and was built between 1989 and 2000, through years of crippling international sanctions that necessitated that some corners be cut in executing the former dictator's gigantesque vision.

    U.S. to Hand Palaces Back to Iraq

  • Une petite étoile, elle est capable de guider le marin dans la mer, une seule étincelle peut toujours allumer un incendie gigantesque.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • Il laisse aussi un gigantesque parc mobilier et immobilier en France et des comptes bancaires secrets qui bien évidemment font et feront le bonheur des paradis fiscaux qui les hébergent.

    Gabon: On President Omar Bongo's death

  • My best guess at this point is that with gigantesque federal deficits the supply of Treasury instruments will completely overwhelm demand for them.

    "We could lose a generation of potential and promise..."

  • The investigative team finds a couple populations of hermits and farmers who wander the dark interior with their small herds of sheep and retire to their wood and sod dwellings on the cavernous floor of the gigantesque manmade bubble.

    Where the earth is the sky is the earth

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