colossal

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From French colossal, formed from Latin colossus, from Ancient Greek κολοσσός (kolossós, giant statue).

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colossal (comparative more colossal, superlative most colossal)

  1. Extremely large or on a great scale.
    • 2013 June 22, “Engineers of a different kind”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 70: 
      Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. [] Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster. Clever financial ploys are what have made billionaires of the industry’s veterans. “Operational improvement” in a portfolio company has often meant little more than promising colossal bonuses to sitting chief executives if they meet ambitious growth targets. That model is still prevalent today.
    A single puppy can make a colossal mess.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Formed from Latin colossus, from Greek κολοσσος (originally used by Herodotus in reference to statues in ancient Egyptian temples).

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colossal m (feminine colossale, masculine plural colossaux, feminine plural colossales)

  1. colossal, huge

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colossal m, f (plural colossais; comparable)

  1. colossal (extremely large)