elephant Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"elephant" in British English

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elephantnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈel.ɪ.fənt/
A2 a very ​largegreymammal that has a trunk (= ​longnose) with which it can ​pick things up
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(Definition of elephant from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"elephant" in American English

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elephantnoun [C]

 us   /ˈel·ə·fənt/
a very ​large, ​grayanimal that has a trunk (= ​longnose) with which it can ​pick things up
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"elephant" in Business English

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elephantnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈelɪfənt/ informal
a very large ​organization, often one that is ​slow to do things or ​react to ​events: The elephant ​banks were once ​thought to be too large to ​fail.
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Translations of “elephant”
in Korean 코끼리…
in Arabic فيل…
in Malaysian gajah…
in French éléphant…
in Russian слон…
in Chinese (Traditional) 象,大象…
in Italian elefante…
in Turkish fil…
in Polish słoń…
in Spanish elefante…
in Vietnamese con voi…
in Portuguese elefante…
in Thai ช้าง…
in German der Elefant…
in Catalan elefant…
in Japanese ゾウ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 象,大象…
in Indonesian gajah…
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