Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

giant

play
noun gi·ant \ˈjī-ənt\

Simple Definition of giant

  • : a legendary creature usually thought of as being an extremely large and powerful person

  • : a person or thing that is very large, powerful, or successful

Full Definition of giant

  1. 1 :  a legendary humanlike being of great stature and strength

  2. 2 a :  a living being of great size b :  a person of extraordinary powers

  3. 3 :  something unusually large or powerful

gi·ant·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of giant

  1. the land of the giants

  2. <the Great Pyramids of Egypt are giants among the world's architectural wonders>



Origin of giant

Middle English giaunt, from Anglo-French geant, from Latin gigant-, gigas, from Greek


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with giant


2

giant

adjective gi·ant

Simple Definition of giant

  • : very large : much larger or more powerful than normal

Full Definition of giant

  1. :  having extremely large size, proportion, or power

Examples of giant

  1. a giant-size box of detergent

  2. <the giant sycamore tree that dwarfs our house is almost 250 years old>



15th Century

First Known Use of giant

15th century




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up giant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift pince-nez duvet kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ