Definition of colossal in US English:

colossal

adjective

  • 1Extremely large.

    ‘a colossal amount of mail’
    ‘a colossal mistake’
    • ‘£35,000 is a colossal amount of debt to start your working life with.’
    • ‘I thought it was a mistake of colossal magnitude and I still do.’
    • ‘For any of them to become a reality would require a massive amount of consultation, colossal investment and a great deal of faith.’
    • ‘It made £4500 in 1973, which was a colossal amount of money.’
    • ‘It's a colossal mistake to dismiss the book blog community.’
    • ‘On the surface, it would appear to be a colossal waste of money.’
    • ‘They are on all the time and use a colossal amount of electricity.’
    • ‘She has put on a colossal amount of weight though, so I hope she's doing ok and it's not a bad sign.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thanks to some very generous donations and a colossal amount of hard work, it's all taken shape.’
    • ‘They spend colossal amounts of money on their dogs over there.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘So colossal was the output that Blackburn was the greatest weaving town in the world.’
    • ‘In fact, this meant a colossal amount of foreign travel.’
    • ‘Now we're paying a huge price for their colossal mistake.’
    • ‘Well in fact, that 1% cut in central government is 1% of a colossal amount of our money.’
    • ‘The amount of money generated for the local economy in salaries alone is colossal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I actually thought about charging for it, which would have been a colossal mistake.’
    • ‘Yet it is a colossal mistake to concentrate on the negative aspects of our society and to be blind to so much of value.’
    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. 1.1Architecture (of a giant order) having more than one story of columns.
      • ‘It is also the only building in the parish with colossal order columns.’
      • ‘Michelangelo emphasizes the massiveness of the Senators’ palace by using the colossal order and balustrade above a tall base.’
      • ‘The five-bay front facade has a three-bay, colossal, fluted, composite order portico which is repeated on the five-bay rear façade.’
    2. 1.2Sculpture (of a statue) at least twice life size.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today, the colossal bronze statue of Atlas stands on the site of the Mills house.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

colossal

/kəˈlɑsəl//kəˈläsəl/