Go·​li·​ath gə-ˈlī-əth How to pronounce Goliath (audio)
: a Philistine champion who in I Samuel 17 is killed by David
: giant

Examples of Goliath in a Sentence

the family-owned company lost the contract to a multibillion-dollar Goliath
Recent Examples on the Web Just don’t try to sell him on a David vs. Goliath matchup. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 16 Sep. 2023 The longer the conflict continues, the more the David and Goliath struggle of its early days will fade into the background, fueling a perception of futility and bolstering calls to find at least a cosmetic solution. Liana Fix, Foreign Affairs, 12 Sep. 2023 Two in the display are Goliath, a 16-foot-tall deer, giraffe and eagle, and Lacuarium, a seahorse-meets-dragon creation. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 6 Sep. 2023 The thrilling, modern David vs. Goliath tale stars Paul Dano, America Ferrera, Shailene Woodley, Nick Offerman and Seth Rogen. Eric Andersson, Peoplemag, 2 Sep. 2023 Realistic Dutch scenes as well as tall tales involving farms, flowers, ships at sea, mermen, and David and Goliath can be found on these tiles. Halee Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Sep. 2023 Styling itself as a David to the Western Goliath, Russia has cultivated a wartime soft power that resonates. Michael Kimmage and Hanna Notte, Foreign Affairs, 1 Sep. 2023 The David and Goliath struggle felt immediate, not theoretical. Jonathan Lethem, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 That political appeal works, although the anti-ESG category remains a David to the ESG’s Goliath: By mid-2023, anti-ESG funds had about $2.42 billion in assets under management, Morningstar reported, 100 times smaller than funds that did integrate ESG factors ($313.4 billion). Peter Vanham, Fortune, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Hebrew Golyath

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Goliath was in the 14th century

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“Goliath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Goliath. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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