Definition of cavernous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkavərnəs/


1Like a cavern in size, shape, or atmosphere: a cavernous warehouse
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  • A huge beautifully styled bar - which managed to lose none of its charm or atmosphere in spite of its cavernous size.
  • The atmosphere created in the cavernous Palau Sant Jordi was extraordinary.
  • Radiation and winds emanating from the star have sculpted the Trifid cloud into its current cavernous shape.
1.1Giving the impression of vast, dark depths: his cavernous eyes
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  • Boxes emerged from closets, beneath beds, and from the cavernous depths of Mother's storage house.
  • And if I shake it, I can hear everything inside it rattling around inside its cavernous depths.
  • The interior is gothic and cavernous - all dark wood and polish folk songs on the stereo.
vast, huge, large, immense, spacious, roomy, airy, capacious, voluminous, extensive, deep;
hollow, gaping, yawning
formal commodious



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  • The press conference convened on Tuesday at the cavernously empty Fed Hall.
  • They have inevitably eaten onions recently and are related to those people who sit directly in front of you in a cavernously, echoingly, empty movie theater.
  • Carl yawns cavernously, making sure everyone within a ten foot radius catches a glimpse of his tonsils.


Late Middle English: from Old French caverneux or Latin cavernosus (from caverna 'cavern').

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Syllabification: cav·ern·ous

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