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

  • adj. Of, resembling, or serving as a monument.
  • adj. Impressively large, sturdy, and enduring.
  • adj. Of outstanding significance: Einstein's monumental contributions to physics.
  • adj. Astounding: monumental cowardice; monumental talent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. in the manner of a monument.
  • adj. large, grand and imposing. Fitting to be a monument to someone or something.
  • adj. Taking a great amount of time and effort to complete

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or suitable for, a monument.
  • adj. Serving as a monument; memorial; preserving memory.
  • adj. Of lasting significance.
  • adj. Exceptionally large in quantity, quality, or degree

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or connected with a monument or monuments: as, a monumental inscription.
  • Belonging to a tomb.
  • Serving as a monument or as material for a monument; memorial; preserving memory: as, a monumental pillar.
  • Having the character of a monument; resembling a monument.
  • Conspicuous and permanent; historically prominent; impressive.
  • Conspicuous as a monument; notable; excessive; amazing: as, monumental impudence.
  • n. A monumental record; a memorial.

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

  • adj. imposing in size or bulk or solidity
  • adj. relating or belonging to or serving as a monument
  • adj. of outstanding significance


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