Definition of monumental in 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We'd argue and it would take a monumental effort to convince him to change his mind.’
    • ‘On the contrary, it is a task of monumental strategic importance for the United States as well as for Europeans.’
    • ‘All recognize that it's an undertaking of monumental size and complexity’
    • ‘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 task ahead is monumental and extremely serious for us and the generations to come.’
    • ‘The Iliad, like the Bible and the works of Shakespeare, holds a position of monumental importance in Western culture.’
    • ‘With what seemed like a monumental effort, the handsome man brought himself back under control.’
    • ‘A time of glory, gain and riches comes unexpectedly after all the monumental efforts you have made in the past.’
    • ‘It must have been a monumental research task to gather all the information required for this work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a monumental and costly task, and publishers have given no reason to believe they can do it for themselves.’
    • ‘It will be asking a lot of Maxwell to expect a fourth monumental effort in Friday's semi-final against Nepal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Max lifted his head with what looked like a monumental effort, then dropped it back.’
    • ‘It offered some sublime contests and changes of fortune and also some monumental individual efforts from both teams.’
    • ‘I've done a good job, I've made (at times) a monumental effort.’
    • ‘Recovery will require a monumental effort from all sectors of society.’
    • ‘Tragically, their monumental efforts prove to be in vain…’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘I have yet to see other women doing memorial or monumental work.’
      • ‘True to the Republic's practice of monumental commemoration, Hugo had to have his memorial statue as well.’
      • ‘It reeked of historical importance and monumental significance.’
      • ‘In the cliffs around the boundaries of the city the king left a series of monumental inscriptions’
      • ‘Four years later, he went to work in a local monumental works for £7 a week.’
      • ‘In fact, the completed windows do possess a freshness that is striking to find in the medium of monumental stained glass.’
      commemorative, memorial, celebratory, commemorating, funerary
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Pronunciation

monumental

/ˌmänyəˈmen(t)l//ˌmɑnjəˈmɛn(t)l/