- 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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1. See gigantic.
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Examples from the Web for colossally
So even by the measure of hopefulness, the Norwegians have been colossally wrong.The Nobel Peace Prize Is a Joke
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She was just as colossally commanding as ever, just as imperious.Quaint Courtships
He sees, that the structure still fits him, but fits him colossally.Nature
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This ancient architecture was colossally proportioned and weirdly grim.King Candaules
And last of all, the city, to the music of its own applause, was about to be colossally swindled.Counsel for the Defense
Mr. Barton beamed broadly upon him, and was colossally gracious.Moon-Face and Other Stories
- 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
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Word Origin and History for colossally
1712 (colossic in the same sense is recorded from c.1600), from French colossal, from colosse, from Latin colossus, from Greek kolossos (see colossus).
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