Definition of colossal in English:

colossal

adjective

  • 1Extremely large or great.

    ‘a colossal amount of mail’
    ‘a colossal mistake’
    • ‘£35,000 is a colossal amount of debt to start your working life with.’
    • ‘Thanks to some very generous donations and a colossal amount of hard work, it's all taken shape.’
    • ‘On the surface, it would appear to be a colossal waste of money.’
    • ‘Well in fact, that 1% cut in central government is 1% of a colossal amount of our money.’
    • ‘She has put on a colossal amount of weight though, so I hope she's doing ok and it's not a bad sign.’
    • ‘Every one knows of the huge waiting lists of the NHS; just think what a difference the colossal amounts of money paid out in compensation would make to these!’
    • ‘They spend colossal amounts of money on their dogs over there.’
    • ‘I actually thought about charging for it, which would have been a colossal mistake.’
    • ‘For any of them to become a reality would require a massive amount of consultation, colossal investment and a great deal of faith.’
    • ‘Even at the remove of twenty years many of the key players in the dreadful tragedy could still not accept that they had made colossal mistakes on the night.’
    • ‘Now we're paying a huge price for their colossal mistake.’
    • ‘If you give them enough space and have a good summer, bees will store a colossal amount of honey; I got 120 pounds out of one hive on a good summer.’
    • ‘It made £4500 in 1973, which was a colossal amount of money.’
    • ‘I thought it was a mistake of colossal magnitude and I still do.’
    • ‘So colossal was the output that Blackburn was the greatest weaving town in the world.’
    • ‘The amount of money generated for the local economy in salaries alone is colossal.’
    • ‘In fact, this meant a colossal amount of foreign travel.’
    • ‘Yet it is a colossal mistake to concentrate on the negative aspects of our society and to be blind to so much of value.’
    • ‘It's a colossal mistake to dismiss the book blog community.’
    • ‘They are on all the time and use a colossal amount of electricity.’
    huge, massive, enormous, gigantic, very big, very large, great, giant, mammoth, vast, cosmic, immense, tremendous, mighty, stupendous, monumental, epic, prodigious, mountainous, monstrous, titanic, towering, elephantine, king-sized, king-size, gargantuan, herculean, brobdingnagian
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    1. 1.1Sculpture (of a statue) at least twice life size.
      • ‘Standing in the shadows of the colossal statues in front of the twin temples of Abu Simbel, one can only feel humble by human ingenuity, both past and present.’
      • ‘Today, the colossal bronze statue of Atlas stands on the site of the Mills house.’
      • ‘Along with a colossal statue of Athena, bases for busts inscribed with the names of Homer, Herodotus and other noted literary figures were found here.’
      • ‘Stepping off the airplane and into the Houston humidity, the first sight I spotted was not my homesick sister Laura, but a colossal bronze statue of George H.W. Bush.’
      • ‘Then, aged 26, he took on the seemingly impossible challenge of sculpting a colossal statue of the biblical hero, David, from one piece of flawed marble.’
  • 2Architecture
    (of an order) having more than one storey of columns.

    • ‘Michelangelo emphasizes the massiveness of the Senators’ palace by using the colossal order and balustrade above a tall base.’
    • ‘It is also the only building in the parish with colossal order columns.’
    • ‘The five-bay front facade has a three-bay, colossal, fluted, composite order portico which is repeated on the five-bay rear façade.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from French, from colosse, from Latin colossus (see colossus).

Pronunciation

colossal

/kəˈlɒs(ə)l/