What does monumental mean?

Definitions for monumental
ˌmɒn yəˈmɛn tlmon·u·men·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. monumentaladjective

    relating or belonging to or serving as a monument

    "the use of the arch in monumental architecture"; "monumental sculptures"

  2. monumentaladjective

    of outstanding significance

    "Einstein's monumental contributions to physics"

  3. massive, monolithic, monumentaladjective

    imposing in size or bulk or solidity

    "massive oak doors"; "Moore's massive sculptures"; "the monolithic proportions of Stalinist architecture"; "a monumental scale"


  1. Monumentaladjective

    Of lasting significance; as, a monumental work of literature; a monumental accomplishment.

  2. Monumentaladjective

    Exceptionally large in quantity, quality, or degree; as, a monumental amount of work to be done


  1. monumentaladjective

    in the manner of a monument.

  2. monumentaladjective

    large, grand and imposing. Fitting to be a monument to someone or something.

  3. monumentaladjective

    Taking a great amount of time and effort to complete

    "a monumental task"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Monumentaladjective

    Memorial; preserving memory.

    Etymology: from monument.

    When the sun begins to fling
    His flaring beams, me, goddess, bring
    To arched walks of twilight groves,
    And shadows brown that Sylvan loves,
    Of pine or monumental oak. John Milton.

    The destruction of the earth was the most monumental proof that could have been given to all the succeeding ages of mankind. John Woodward, Nat. Hist. p. ii.

    The polish’d pillar different sculptures grace,
    A work outlasting monumental brass. Alexander Pope.

    Perseverance keeps honour bright:
    To have done, is to hang quite out of fashion,
    Like rusty mail in monumental mockery. William Shakespeare.

    I’ll not scar that whiter skin of her than snow,
    And smooth as monumental alabaster. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Therefore if he needs must go,
    And the fates will have it so,
    Softly may he be possest
    Of his monumental rest. Richard Crashaw.


  1. monumental

    Monumental refers to something that is very large, impressive, or significant, either in size, impact or historical importance. It often relates to buildings, structures, achievements, or events that are grand, enduring, or have great historical or symbolic significance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monumentaladjective

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

  2. Monumentaladjective

    serving as a monument; memorial; preserving memory

  3. Etymology: [L. monumentalis: cf. F. monumental.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of monumental in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of monumental in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of monumental in a Sentence

  1. Aloo Denish:

    Microbiology teaches us that size is no measure of significance; even the smallest microbe can wield immense power. Microbes are the silent warriors; these tiniest beings possess the strength to spark a revolution that can have monumental impacts in the world of science.

  2. Ophir Gottlieb:

    The divergence between the two indicates monumental uncertainty in oil prices in the short-term.

  3. Samuel Goldwyn:

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

  4. Kanye West:

    Because when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you're disrespectful to inspiration, and we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyonce album and they feel like it takes them to another place.

  5. Benjamin Tuggle:

    Although there is still much to be done, reaching this milestone is monumental.

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