[ kuh-los-uhl ]
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  1. extraordinarily great in size, extent, or degree; gigantic; huge.

  2. of or resembling a colossus.

  1. (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

synonym study For colossal

1. See gigantic.

Other words from colossal

  • col·os·sal·i·ty [kol-uh-sal-i-tee], /ˌkɒl əˈsæl ɪ ti/, noun
  • co·los·sal·ly, adverb
  • su·per·co·los·sal, adjective
  • su·per·co·los·sal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use colossal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for colossal


/ (kəˈlɒsəl) /

  1. of immense size; huge; gigantic

  2. (in figure sculpture) approximately twice life-size: Compare heroic (def. 7)

  1. Also: giant architect of or relating to the order of columns and pilasters that extend more than one storey in a façade

Derived forms of colossal

  • colossally, adverb

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