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co·los·sus

 (kə-lŏs′əs)
n. pl. co·los·si (-lŏs′ī′) or co·los·sus·es
1. A huge statue.
2. Something likened to a huge statue, as in size or importance: a colossus of bureaucracy.

[Latin, from Greek kolossos.]

colossus

(kəˈlɒsəs)
n, pl -si (-saɪ) or -suses
something very large, esp a statue
[C14: from Latin, from Greek kolossos]

co•los•sus

(kəˈlɒs əs)

n., pl. -los•si (-ˈlɒs aɪ)
-los•sus•es.
1. any statue of gigantic size.
2. anything colossal, gigantic, or very powerful.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek kolossós statue, image, presumably < a pre-Hellenic Mediterranean language]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.colossus - someone or something that is abnormally large and powerfulcolossus - someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
unusual person, anomaly - a person who is unusual
2.colossus - a person of exceptional importance and reputationcolossus - a person of exceptional importance and reputation
important person, influential person, personage - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
Translations
kolos
kolosszus

colossus

[kəˈlɒsəs] N (colossi or colossuses (pl)) → coloso m

colossus

n pl <colossi or -es> (= statue)Koloss m; (= person also)Riese m; this colossus of the world of musicdieser Gigant or Titan der Musik

colossus

[kəˈlɒsəs] ncolosso
References in classic literature ?
Take the Colossus of Rhodes, for instance, that's worth something.
There you stand, a hundred feet above the silent decks, striding along the deep, as if the masts were gigantic stilts, while beneath you and between your legs, as it were, swim the hugest monsters of the sea, even as ships once sailed between the boots of the famous Colossus at old Rhodes.
He desired I would stand like a Colossus, with my legs as far asunder as I conveniently could.
Then the colossus put forth his strength, and, blundering again, at last blundered into the semblance of victory.
After which his eyes darkened and closed, his face grew ashy pale, the hands whitened, and the colossus sank quite down, breathing his last sigh.
Porthos rested his chin on his hands, placed his elbows on the table and looked at D'Artagnan with an expression of confidence which imparted to that colossus an admirable appearance of good-fellowship.
At nine o'clock in the morning we went and stood before this marble colossus.
And if we enter the interior of the edifice, who has overthrown that colossus of Saint Christopher, proverbial for magnitude among statues, as the grand hall of the Palais de Justice was among halls, as the spire of Strasbourg among spires?
Wouldst thou make a Colossus of me, that thou askest me
It had come upon her suddenly that she was very tired and very small and very weak alongside this colossus of a man.
It is many years now since this colossus of crime suddenly ceased keeping the world in a turmoil; and when he ceased, as they said after the death of Roland, there was a great quiet upon the earth.
I was very far then from expecting the change you have just informed me of; namely, that four years afterwards, this colossus of power would be overthrown.