Definitions

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

  • adjective Of enormous size or magnitude; huge.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Gigantic in character or quality; befitting a giant.

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

  • adjective Befitting a giant; bombastic; magniloquent.

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

  • adjective very large; like a giant

Etymologies

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

[French, from Italian gigantesco, from gigante, giant, from Latin gigās, gigant-; see giant.]

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French, ultimately from Italian gigantesco

Examples

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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

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