[ mak-ruh-koz-uh m ]
/ ˈmæk rəˌkɒz əm /


the great world or universe; the universe considered as a whole (opposed to microcosm).
the total or entire complex structure of something: the macrocosm of war.
a representation of a smaller unit or entity by a larger one, presumably of a similar structure.

Origin of macrocosm

1590–1600; < French macrocosme < Medieval Latin macrocosmus. See macro-, cosmos
Related formsmac·ro·cos·mic, adjectivemac·ro·cos·mi·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for macro-cosmic


/ (ˈmækrəˌkɒzəm) /


a complex structure, such as the universe or society, regarded as an entirety, as opposed to microcosms, which have a similar structure and are contained within it
any complex entity regarded as a complete system in itself
Compare microcosm
Derived Formsmacrocosmic, adjectivemacrocosmically, adverb

Word Origin for macrocosm

C16: via French and Latin from Greek makros kosmos great world
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Word Origin and History for macro-cosmic



c.1600, "the great world" (the universe, as distinct from the "little world" of man), from Old French macrocosme (c.1300) and directly from Medieval Latin macrocosmus, from Greek makros "large, long" (see macro-) + kosmos (see cosmos).

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Culture definitions for macro-cosmic


A representation of something on a much larger scale. (Compare microcosm.)

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