resembling a monument; massive or imposing.
exceptionally great, as in quantity, quality, extent, or degree: a monumental work.
of historical or enduring significance: a monumental victory.
Fine Arts. having the quality of being larger than life; of heroic scale.
of or relating to a monument or monuments.
serving as a monument.

Origin of monumental

From the Late Latin word monumentālis, dating back to 1595–1605. See monument, -al1
Related formsmon·u·men·tal·ism, nounmon·u·men·tal·i·ty, nounmon·u·men·tal·ly, adverbpre·mon·u·men·tal, adjectiveun·mon·u·men·tal, adjective

Synonyms for monumental Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monumental



like a monument, esp in large size, endurance, or importancea monumental work of art
of, relating to, or being a monument
informal (intensifier)monumental stupidity
Derived Formsmonumentality, nounmonumentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for monumental

c.1600, "pertaining to a monument," from Late Latin monumentalis "pertaining to a monument," from monumentum (see monument). From 1650s in the loose sense of "vast, stupendous." Related: Monumentally.

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