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[ mon-yuh-men-tl ]


  1. resembling a monument; massive or imposing.

    Synonyms: colossal, immense

  2. exceptionally great, as in quantity, quality, extent, or degree:

    a monumental work.

  3. of historical or enduring significance:

    a monumental victory.

  4. Fine Arts. having the quality of being larger than life; of heroic scale.
  5. of or relating to a monument or monuments.
  6. serving as a monument.


/ ˌmɒnjʊˈmɛntəl /


  1. like a monument, esp in large size, endurance, or importance

    a monumental work of art

  2. of, relating to, or being a monument
  3. informal.

    monumental stupidity

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Derived Forms

  • ˌmonumenˈtality, noun
  • ˌmonuˈmentally, adverb
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Other Words From

  • monu·mental·ism noun
  • monu·men·tali·ty noun
  • monu·mental·ly adverb
  • premon·u·mental adjective
  • unmon·u·mental adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of monumental1

From the Late Latin word monumentālis, dating back to 1595–1605. See monument, -al 1
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Example Sentences

Barricades and fences are up, creating a restricted zone to keep out vehicular and pedestrian traffic from a wide strip of downtown and monumental Washington.

Many have not taken this one seriously but we have and are very proud of the efforts that went to moving such a monumental step forward.

It was a monumental step in his recovery from the compound right leg fracture in November 2018 that threatened his life, leg and football career.

A monumental question is whether we’re on the brink of something much worse.

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A complete human connectome will be a monumental technical achievement.

And for Larry Flynt, this might be a monumental opportunity to stick it to the dictator the best way he knows how.

On August 27, 1776, the Battle of Brooklyn resulted in some monumental maneuvers by both the Patriots and the Red Coats.

His work was more monumental, more violent, and promoted the Aryan struggle.

You may be wondering what work of monumental consequence is contained within these gilded pages.

It was monumental, a great victory not only for Porter and the Innocence Project, but for the principle of justice.

Every monumental inscription should be in Latin; for that being a dead language, it will always live.

And if the monumental record of their virtues be a just one, why did they heirloom on posterity this bitter heritage of swearing?

Do not be bluffed off by the somewhat stern and monumental first impression that he may make upon you.

This is very like an epitaph, bar the handwriting, which is anything but monumental, and I dare say I had better stop.

The face of the Well-dressed Man likewise expressed the serene flush that heroes must show at such monumental moments.