Definition of awesome adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɔːsəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːsəm//
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  1. 1very impressive or very difficult and perhaps rather frightening an awesome sight awesome beauty/power They had an awesome task ahead.
  2. 2(especially North American English, informal) very good, enjoyable, etc. I just bought this awesome new CD! Wow! That's totally awesome! Synonymsgreatcool fantastic fabulous terrific brilliant awesome epicThese are all informal words that describe somebody/​something that is very good, pleasant, enjoyable, etc.great (informal) very good; giving a lot of pleasure:We had a great time in Madrid.cool (informal) used to show that you admire or approve of something, often because it is fashionable, attractive or different:I think their new song’s really cool.fantastic (informal) extremely good; giving a lot of pleasure:‘How was your holiday?’ ‘Fantastic!’fabulous (informal) extremely good:Jane’s a fabulous cook. (Fabulous is slightly more old-fashioned than the other words in this set.)terrific (informal) extremely good; wonderful:She’s doing a terrific job.brilliant (British English, informal), extremely good; wonderful:‘How was the show?’ ‘Brilliant!’awesome (informal, especially North American English) very good, impressive, or enjoyable:The show was just awesome.epic (informal) very good, impressive or enjoyable:The adventure and action are truly epic in scope.Patterns to have a(n) great/​cool/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome time to look/​sound great/​cool/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome really great/​cool/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome absolutely great/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome/​epic
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘filled with awe’): from awe + -some.Extra examples After the war the country faced the awesome task of reconstruction. As night fell, the volcano presented an awesome sight. Hey, come look at this! It’s awesome! It is a region of awesome gorges and spectacular peaks. The show was just awesome. The stillness of the evening was shattered by the most awesome sound. There are scenes of awesome beauty in the film.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: awesome