Etymology
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colossal (adj.)

"of extraordinary size, huge, gigantic," 1712 (colossic in the same sense is recorded from c. 1600; colossean also was used in 17c.), from French colossal, from colosse, from Latin colossus "statue larger than life," from Greek kolossos "gigantic statue" (see colossus).

updated on January 22, 2018

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Definitions of colossal from WordNet

colossal (adj.)
so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe;
colossal crumbling ruins of an ancient temple
has a colossal nerve
Synonyms: prodigious / stupendous
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