[ sahy-kluh-pee-uh n, sahy-klop-ee-uh n ]
/ ˌsaɪ kləˈpi ən, saɪˈklɒp i ən /


of or characteristic of the Cyclops.
(sometimes lowercase) gigantic; vast.
(usually lowercase) Architecture, Building Trades. formed with or containing large, undressed stones fitted closely together without the use of mortar: a cyclopean wall.

Origin of Cyclopean

1635–45; < Latin Cyclōpē(us) (< Greek Kyklṓpeios, equivalent to Kýklōp(s) Cyclops + -eios -eous) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cyclopean


/ (ˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːən, saɪˈkləʊpɪən) /


of, relating to, or resembling the Cyclops
denoting, relating to, or having the kind of masonry used in preclassical Greek architecture, characterized by large dry undressed blocks of stone
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Word Origin and History for cyclopean



1640s, from Latin cyclopeus, from Greek kyklopeios, from kyklopes (see cyclops).

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