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Late Middle English cavernous, cavernose, borrowing from Old French caverneux or Latin cavernōsus (“full of hollows or cavities”), from caverna (“a hollow, cavity, cave”) + -ōsus (“-ous, -ose”, adjectival suffix); equivalent to cavern + -ous.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkav.ən.əs/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkæv.ɚ.nəs/
- Rhymes: -ævə(ɹ)nəs
- Resembling a cavern in size, shape, or atmosphere.
- Synonym: cavelike
- 2019 November 20, Paul Stephen, “Lakes and lines offer scenery to savour”, in Rail, page 54:
- The last stop on the West Coast Main Line before you cross the border into Scotland, the strategically placed Carlisle Citadel is a station steeped in history. Opened on September 1 1847, the cavernous station was once home to seven railway companies in the pre-Grouping years.
- Giving the impression of vast, dark depths.
- cavernous eyes
- 2021 September 22, Caroline Siede, “Dear Evan Hansen is a misfire on just about every level”, in AV Club:
- While the filmmakers behind Dear Evan Hansen have maintained that their biggest motivation for adapting the popular Broadway musical was to immortalize Platt’s Tony-winning titular performance, what they’ve actually done by having the 27-year-old play a high school senior is highlight the stage show’s cavernous weaknesses while failing to transport just about any of its strengths to the new medium.
- Having many caverns.
having many caverns
- “cavernous”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
- “cavernous”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
- English: cavernous