[ 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


mac·ro·cos·mic, adjectivemac·ro·cos·mi·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for macrocosm

/ (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 forms of macrocosm

macrocosmic, adjectivemacrocosmically, adverb

Word Origin for macrocosm

C16: via French and Latin from Greek makros kosmos great world
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Culture definitions for macrocosm


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

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