Definition of colossal in English:



  • 1Extremely large.

    ‘a colossal amount of mail’
    ‘a colossal mistake’
    • ‘In fact, this meant a colossal amount of foreign travel.’
    • ‘They are on all the time and use a colossal amount of electricity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well in fact, that 1% cut in central government is 1% of a colossal amount of our money.’
    • ‘It made £4500 in 1973, which was a colossal amount of money.’
    • ‘On the surface, it would appear to be a colossal waste of money.’
    • ‘So colossal was the output that Blackburn was the greatest weaving town in the world.’
    • ‘It's a colossal mistake to dismiss the book blog community.’
    • ‘They spend colossal amounts of money on their dogs over there.’
    • ‘The amount of money generated for the local economy in salaries alone is colossal.’
    • ‘For any of them to become a reality would require a massive amount of consultation, colossal investment and a great deal of faith.’
    • ‘I thought it was a mistake of colossal magnitude and I still do.’
    • ‘Now we're paying a huge price for their colossal mistake.’
    • ‘£35,000 is a colossal amount of debt to start your working life with.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Thanks to some very generous donations and a colossal amount of hard work, it's all taken shape.’
    • ‘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
    substantial, extensive, hefty, bulky, weighty, heavy, gross
    mega, monster, whopping, whopping great, thumping, thumping great, humongous, jumbo, hulking, bumper, astronomical, astronomic
    whacking, whacking great, ginormous
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    1. 1.1Architecture (of a giant order) having more than one story of columns.
      • ‘The five-bay front facade has a three-bay, colossal, fluted, composite order portico which is repeated on the five-bay rear façade.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Sculpture (of a statue) at least twice life size.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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