[ mon-yuh-men-tl ]
/ ˌmɒn yəˈmɛn tl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. montrose,
  2. montserrat,
  3. montville,
  4. monty python,
  5. monument,
  6. monumentalize,
  7. monumentally,
  8. monuron,
  9. mony,
  10. monza

Origin of monumental

From the Late Latin word monumentālis, dating back to 1595–1605. See monument, -al1

SYNONYMS FOR monumental
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monumentally


/ (ˌmɒnjʊˈmɛntəl) /


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 monumentally



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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