Definition of colossus in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈläsəs/

noun (plural colossi /-ˈläsˌī/ or colossuses)

1A statue that is much bigger than life size.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.


Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek kolossos (applied by Herodotus to the statues of Egyptian temples).

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