- extraordinarily great in size, extent, or degree; gigantic; huge.
- of or resembling a colossus.
- (initial capital letter) Architecture. noting or pertaining to a classical order whose columns or pilasters span two or more stories of a building.
Origin of colossal
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Examples from the Web for colossal
There was The Brittany Murphy Story, dubbed a “colossal mess” by reviewers.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More
December 19, 2014
We, in olden days, had towering kooks and colossal villains.Election Day Is Scarier Than Halloween
P. J. O’Rourke
November 1, 2014
But the quarantine, lifted just 10 days in, was a colossal failure.Meet the Liberian Girls Beating Ebola
October 29, 2014
Colossal geological forces collided: the Pacific Plate, the North American Plate and the Farralon Plate.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards
August 31, 2014
It was, however, a colossal flop—critically and commercially—with Lynch later regretting sacrificing final cut.Doomed Passion Projects of Hollywood: The Lost Classics of Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, and More
March 28, 2014
Oceans and land and sky are avenues for our colossal commerce.
All is still on a colossal scale, but playful, capricious, phantasmagoric.The Roof of France
Everything was on a colossal scale, and trim as a Dutch interior.In the Heart of Vosges
All else on his canvas is subordinated to the grim image of the colossal Puritan.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Nevertheless, this colossal hospitality--apart from the fireworks--cost us nothing at all.Freeland
- of immense size; huge; gigantic
- (in figure sculpture) approximately twice life-sizeCompare heroic (def. 7)
- Also: giant architect of or relating to the order of columns and pilasters that extend more than one storey in a façade
Word Origin and History for colossal
1712 (colossic in the same sense is recorded from c.1600), from French colossal, from colosse, from Latin colossus, from Greek kolossos (see colossus).