Whether it's a monumental effort requiring vast amounts of strength or a monumental cruise ship with eleven floors and five sets of elevators, the word monumental describes something imposing or massive in size.


Of, pertaining to, or suitable for, a monument; as, a monumental inscription.

Adjective S.
imposing in size or bulk or solidity; "massive oak doors"; "Moore''s massive sculptures"; "the monolithic proportions of Stalinist architecture"; "a monumental scale"

Adjective S.
of outstanding significance; "Einstein''s monumental contributions to physics"

relating or belonging to or serving as a monument; "the use of the arch in monumental architecture"; "monumental sculptures"

Of, pertaining to, or suitable for, a monument; as, a monumental inscription.

Serving as a monument; memorial; preserving memory.


Mon`u*men"tal , a. [L. monumentalis: cf. F. monumental.] 1. Of, pertaining to, or suitable for, a monument; as, a monumental inscription. 2. Serving as a monument; memorial; preserving memory. "Of pine, or monumental oak." Milton.
A work outlasting monumental brass.

Of, pertaining to, or suitable for, a monument; as, a monumental inscription.


Usage Examples

I'd love to do something with Kelly Clarkson because she's been a monumental influence on me. I love how she handles her celebrity. She's not in the tabloids a lot but everyone knows and respects her because she's got an amazing voice. That's something I aim towards.

Mission accomplished. The Museum of Modern Art's wide-open, tall-ceilinged, super-reinforced second floor was for all intents and purposes built to accommodate monumental installations and gigantic sculptures, should the need arise. It has arisen.

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Other Usage Examples

I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn't like it.

I pity the young woman who will attempt to insinuate herself between my mama's boy and me. I sympathize with the monumental nature of her task. It will take a crowbar, two bulldozers and half a dozen Molotov cocktails to pry my Oedipus and me loose from one another.

I respond very well to well-written material and women who have had an effect on society, something tragic or monumental has happened to them.


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