Definition of Colossus

1. Noun. Someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful.

Exact synonyms: Behemoth, Giant, Goliath, Monster
Generic synonyms: Anomaly, Unusual Person
Derivative terms: Colossal, Giant, Gigantic, Monstrous

2. Noun. A person of exceptional importance and reputation.
Exact synonyms: Behemoth, Giant, Heavyweight, Titan
Generic synonyms: Important Person, Influential Person, Personage
Derivative terms: Titanic

Definition of Colossus

1. n. A statue of gigantic size. The name was especially applied to certain famous statues in antiquity, as the Colossus of Nero in Rome, the Colossus of Apollo at Rhodes.

Definition of Colossus

1. Noun. A statue of gigantic size. The name was especially applied to certain famous statues in antiquity, as the Colossus of Nero in Rome and the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. ¹

2. Noun. Any creature or thing of gigantic size. ¹

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Definition of Colossus

1. a gigantic statue [n -LOSSI or -LOSSUSES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Colossus

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colossal squids
colossus (current term)
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colostrum corpuscle

Literary usage of Colossus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A History of Ancient Sculpture by Lucy Myers Wright Mitchell (1883)
"This colossus, the work of a native sculptor, Chares of Lindos, ... As the colossus lay prostrate, great caverns yawned from among the broken members, ..."

2. The Ruins and Excavations of Ancient Rome: A Companion Book for Students and by Rodolfo Amedeo Lanciani (1897)
"IL THE colossus (colossal statue of the Sun) (I in plan). ... The pedestal of the colossus (I in plan) was discovered by Nibby in 1828. ..."

3. Collection of the Most Celebrated Voyages and Travels from the Discovery of by Forster, R. P (1818)
"Who has not heard of the famous colossus, one of the seven wonders of the world ... Be this as it may, twelve years were consumed in erecting this colossus. ..."

4. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1823)
"Then, besides the Conjuror, and the colossus, and the Lady deputed There was to be a masked ball in the evening, too, at one place, which was expected to be ..."

5. The Monuments of Upper Egypt: A Translation of the "Itinéraire de la Haute by Auguste Mariette (1890)
"The more northerly of the two statues is. the colossus of Memnon, so renowned among travellers who, in the two first centuries of the Roman dominion in ..."

6. A Handbook of Greek Sculpture by Ernest Arthur Gardner (1897)
"Chares, and the colossus of Rhodes.—We must now return to the pupils of Lysippus, through whom his influence was transmitted to later times. ..."

7. Manners and customs of the ancient Egyptians: Including Their Private Life by John Gardner Wilkinson (1837)
"... of a people who have left so many unquestionable proofs of skill in these matters. It is not to be supposed that the colossus was hewn in the hill of El ..."

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