Meaning of “elephant” in the English Dictionary

"elephant" in English

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elephantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈel.ɪ.fənt/ us /ˈel.ə.fənt/

Examples from literature

  • A baby elephant gets milk from its mother. 
  • Although motor transportation is often used today, elephants are still an important way to travel. 
  • And an elephant is inside its mother for 22 months. 
  • But a female elephant stays with her mother. 
  • Do you think zoo keepers feed elephants and play with monkeys all the time? 
  • During adolescence, a male elephant leaves its mother and goes with a group of other young males. 
  • Now, some people have started green tourist projects that keep elephants safe and give them good living conditions. 
  • Thailand is also famous for another unusual type of transportation: elephants! 
  • That cloud in the sky looks like an elephant! 
  • That night the elephant was warm and happy. 
  • A train of elephants could have crossed it in safety and comfort. 
  • Bunny and Sue saw the elephants, the camels, the lions, and the tigers. 
  • It is perhaps the largest of land animals, with the exception of the elephant. 
  • Sometimes the elephants are not used to hunting tigers, and when they see the savage beasts they turn and run. 
  • The elephant when tamed is an animal most gentle and most easily led to do whatever he is directed. 

(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, gray animal that has a trunk (= long nose) with which it can pick things up

(Definition of “elephant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"elephant" in Business English

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elephantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈelɪfənt/ us 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.

(Definition of “elephant” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)