Definition of colossus in English:
noun (plural colossi-ˈläsˌī or colossuses)
1A statue that is much bigger than life size.
- We sit astride the globe like a mighty colossus.
- The Colossus was built by Chares of Lindus in 280 BCE to celebrate the Rhodian victory over the Macedonians and to thank the god Helios for protecting them.
- The Colossus of Rameses is an enormous statue carved in limestone.
1.1A person or thing of enormous size, importance, or ability: the Russian Empire was the colossus of European politics
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- Though only a provincial leader, she is, in the words of a political commentator, ‘a colossus who dominates national politics’.
- One might have thought such an unlikely colossus of Australian political history would have encouraged a few level-headed intellectuals and journalists to write a serious biography.
- Brown's speech last week confirmed him as a political colossus.
Words that rhyme with colossusDionysus • Pegasus
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