colossal Definition

  • 1extremely large or great
  • 2exceptional or impressive in quality or degree

Using colossal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "colossal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The project was a colossal success.

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    The company suffered a colossal loss due to the pandemic.

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    The athlete's performance was colossal, breaking several records.

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    The building was a colossal structure, towering over the city.

colossal Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for colossal

Idioms Using colossal

  • a situation where a lot of time is spent on something that ultimately has no value or benefit


    The meeting was a colossal waste of time, with no decisions being made and no progress being achieved.

  • a significant error or misjudgment that has serious consequences


    Not investing in the stock market earlier was a colossal mistake, as it would have resulted in significant gains.

  • an extremely large quantity or number


    The company spent a colossal amount of money on advertising, but it did not result in increased sales.

Phrases with colossal

  • a large marine animal that is part of the cephalopod family and can grow up to 14 meters long


    The colossal squid is one of the largest animals in the world.

  • a situation where something goes wrong in an extremely significant way


    The launch of the new product was a colossal failure, resulting in huge losses for the company.

  • a very large statue, often depicting a person or deity


    The Colossus of Rhodes was a colossal statue of the Greek god Helios.

Origins of colossal

from Italian 'colossale', from 'colosso' meaning 'giant statue'


Summary: colossal in Brief

'Colossal' [kəˈlɑːsl] means extremely large or great, and can also refer to exceptional or impressive quality or degree. It can be used to describe successes or failures, structures or animals, and is often paired with idioms like 'a colossal waste of time.'

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