[kuh-los-uh l]


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 formscol·os·sal·i·ty [kol-uh-sal-i-tee] /ˌkɒl əˈsæl ɪ ti/, nounco·los·sal·ly, adverbsu·per·co·los·sal, adjectivesu·per·co·los·sal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for colossal

1. See gigantic. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for colossally

Contemporary Examples of colossally

Historical Examples of colossally

  • She was just as colossally commanding as ever, just as imperious.

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


    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • This ancient architecture was colossally proportioned and weirdly grim.

    King Candaules

    Thophile Gautier

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

  • Mr. Barton beamed broadly upon him, and was colossally gracious.

British Dictionary definitions for colossally



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
Derived Formscolossally, 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