- A statute that is larger than life-size is an example of a colossus.
- An extremely important and influential politician is an example of a colossus.
- a gigantic statue
- the gigantic statue of Apollo set at the entrance to the harbor of Rhodes c. 280 and included among the Seven Wonders of the World
- any huge or important person or thing
Origin of colossusMiddle English ; from Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek kolossos
nounpl. co·los·si or co·los·sus·es
- A huge statue.
- Something likened to a huge statue, as in size or importance: a colossus of bureaucracy.
Origin of colossusLatin, from Greek kolossos.
(plural colossuses or colossi)
From Latin colossus, from Ancient Greek κολοσσός (kolossos, “large statue, especially the colossus of Rhodes”).