Definition of monumental in US English:

monumental

adjective

  • 1Great in importance, extent, or size.

    ‘it's been a monumental effort’
    ‘the ballet came across as one of MacMillan's most monumental works’
    • ‘On the contrary, it is a task of monumental strategic importance for the United States as well as for Europeans.’
    • ‘Despite the monumental importance of the task, sometimes the board just didn't take the time or make the effort to do it right.’
    • ‘The Iliad, like the Bible and the works of Shakespeare, holds a position of monumental importance in Western culture.’
    • ‘The task ahead is monumental and extremely serious for us and the generations to come.’
    • ‘It offered some sublime contests and changes of fortune and also some monumental individual efforts from both teams.’
    • ‘It must have been a monumental research task to gather all the information required for this work.’
    • ‘It will be asking a lot of Maxwell to expect a fourth monumental effort in Friday's semi-final against Nepal.’
    • ‘It took what seemed to be a monumental effort for me to open them and when I did so, all I wanted to do was close them again.’
    • ‘Max lifted his head with what looked like a monumental effort, then dropped it back.’
    • ‘A time of glory, gain and riches comes unexpectedly after all the monumental efforts you have made in the past.’
    • ‘I've done a good job, I've made (at times) a monumental effort.’
    • ‘We'd argue and it would take a monumental effort to convince him to change his mind.’
    • ‘So it was the desserts that saved the day, because they were of sufficiently monumental size as to make one wonder why the main courses were not equally generous.’
    • ‘With what seemed like a monumental effort, the handsome man brought himself back under control.’
    • ‘It's a monumental and costly task, and publishers have given no reason to believe they can do it for themselves.’
    • ‘Recovery will require a monumental effort from all sectors of society.’
    • ‘The task is a monumental one because of the size of the islands, their tiny population and their distance from the rest of the world.’
    • ‘Tragically, their monumental efforts prove to be in vain…’
    • ‘All recognize that it's an undertaking of monumental size and complexity’
    • ‘On the plus side are the impressive costumes and monumental sets, the excellent playing by the orchestra and generally good singing.’
    huge, great, enormous, gigantic, massive, colossal, mammoth, immense, tremendous, mighty, stupendous, vast, prodigious, herculean, titanic, gargantuan, staggering, exceptional, extraordinary
    terrible, dreadful, awful, colossal, staggering, huge, enormous
    impressive, striking, outstanding, remarkable, magnificent, marvellous, majestic, stupendous, prodigious, ambitious, large-scale, grand, awe-inspiring, awesome, important, significant, distinguished, classic, memorable, transcendent, exalted, unforgettable, enduring, lasting, abiding, permanent, immortal, historic, epoch-making
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    1. 1.1 Of or serving as a monument.
      ‘additional details are found in monumental inscriptions’
      • ‘It reeked of historical importance and monumental significance.’
      • ‘True to the Republic's practice of monumental commemoration, Hugo had to have his memorial statue as well.’
      • ‘In fact, the completed windows do possess a freshness that is striking to find in the medium of monumental stained glass.’
      • ‘Four years later, he went to work in a local monumental works for £7 a week.’
      • ‘I have yet to see other women doing memorial or monumental work.’
      • ‘In the cliffs around the boundaries of the city the king left a series of monumental inscriptions’
      commemorative, memorial, celebratory, commemorating, funerary
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Pronunciation

monumental

/ˌmänyəˈmen(t)l//ˌmɑnjəˈmɛn(t)l/