Definition of voluminous in English:

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Pronunciation: /vəˈl(y)o͞omənəs/


1Occupying or containing much space; large in volume, in particular.
Example sentences
  • As the first notes sounded, that cramped little room metamorphosed into a voluminous space.
  • It is now a popular music venue, with its voluminous space providing a very different atmosphere for music lovers.
  • Brokers are required to collect voluminous information on investors and their risk profiles, and branch managers were made to supervise the suitability of recommendations to clients
1.1(Of clothing or drapery) loose and ample.
Example sentences
  • Well, the Elizabethans wore voluminous clothing, and an item or two less should not offend even the most prudish, we suppose.
  • She pulled her knees up to her chest and hugged her legs through the voluminous fabric of her skirts, closing her eyes and feeling resentment build.
  • But in the nineteenth century women were difficult to save: their voluminous clothing was a dead weight in water, and modesty usually prevented their shedding their apparel, even when in danger of drowning.
capacious, roomy, spacious, ample, full, big, large, bulky, extensive, sizable, generous;
billowing, baggy, loose-fitting
formal commodious
1.2(Of writing) very lengthy and full.
Example sentences
  • His voluminous writings on biblical criticism show him to have been the first liberal textual critic.
  • Inevitably, a selection of subjects from Augustine's voluminous writings reflects the particular interests and views of the author.
  • His voluminous writings became scripture defining the party line and the correct view of history.
1.3(Of a writer) producing many books.
Example sentences
  • Epicurus was a voluminous writer, but almost none of his own work survives.
  • The chapter on his grandfather is a delight; he was a Church of Ireland canon, who believed not only in a God of love but a God of anger and was also a regular correspondent to the Irish Times, and a voluminous diarist.
  • He was a voluminous letter writer and his letters are just the most splendid letters.



Example sentences
  • Never from closer than 6 feet away, each one snaps his head forward and - powerfully and voluminously - spits into the courtyard, rounding off initial releases with two or three supplementaries.
  • Impressed by the novelty of the sights they witnessed, reporters wrote voluminously about the merits of the corporation, and articles appeared in many widely circulated periodicals.
  • He wrote voluminously on philosophy, logic, education, economics, and politics, and throughout his life was the champion of advanced political and social causes.


Example sentences
  • By contrast, the range, diversity and voluminousness of his scholarly output is truly impressive.
  • However, both trends have uncovered a variety of hindrances that obstruct communication and transfer of knowledge, such as voluminousness, superficiality and special terminology.
  • Some thought it lacked the concentrated compactness of the other two, while others found insights in its voluminousness.


Early 17th century: partly from late Latin voluminosus 'having many coils', partly from Latin volumen, volumin- (see volume).

Words that rhyme with voluminous

bituminous, leguminous, luminous, numinous

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Syllabification: vo·lu·mi·nous

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