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[kuh-los-uh l] /kəˈlɒs əl/
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
First recorded in 1705-15; coloss(us) + -al1
Related forms
[kol-uh-sal-i-tee] /ˌkɒl əˈsæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
colossally, adverb
supercolossal, adjective
supercolossally, adverb
1. See gigantic. Unabridged
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  • They are not only colossally vast, but they are singularly noble, as well as so admirably convenient.

  • And last of all, the city, to the music of its own applause, was about to be colossally swindled.

  • He sees, that the structure still fits him, but fits him colossally.

    Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Mr. Barton beamed broadly upon him, and was colossally gracious.

  • How much, Susannah thought, they looked like prehistoric beetles; colossally big; armored to an incredible hardness and polish.

    Out of the Air Inez Haynes Irwin
  • colossally rich, he was interested in all the great industrial enterprises, and a shareholder in most of the mining operations.

    The Gold-Seekers Gustave Aimard
  • To play a Mozart concerto well is a colossally difficult undertaking.

    Great Pianists on Piano Playing James Francis Cooke
  • They are the work of a man with time on his hands; one does not build so colossally for to-morrow.

    The Expositor's Bible George Adam Smith
  • She was just as colossally commanding as ever, just as imperious.

British Dictionary definitions for colossally


of immense size; huge; gigantic
(in figure sculpture) approximately twice life-size Compare heroic (sense 7)
(architect) Also giant. of or relating to the order of columns and pilasters that extend more than one storey in a façade
Derived Forms
colossally, adverb
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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