Definition of colossus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɒsəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɑːsəs//
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  1. 1[singular] (formal) a person or thing that is extremely important or large in size
  2. 2[countable] (pl. colossi
    BrE BrE//ˈlɒs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɑːs//
    an extremely large statue the Colossi of Memnon
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Latin from Greek kolossos (applied by the Greek Historian Herodotus to the statues of Egyptian temples).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: colossus