giant

noun
gi·​ant | \ ˈjī-ənt How to pronounce giant (audio) \

Definition of giant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a legendary humanlike being of great stature and strength
2a : a living being of great size
b : a person of extraordinary powers
3 : something unusually large or powerful

giant

adjective

Definition of giant (Entry 2 of 2)

: having extremely large size, proportion, or power

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Other Words from giant

Noun

giantlike \ ˈjī-​ənt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce giantlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of giant in a Sentence

Noun

the land of the giants the Great Pyramids of Egypt are giants among the world's architectural wonders

Adjective

a giant-size box of detergent the giant sycamore tree that dwarfs our house is almost 250 years old
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Not every ride-hailing giant is riding a surge in valuations. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "Taxi App That Drove Uber From China Sees Its Valuation Stall," 12 Apr. 2019 Online giants like Amazon aren’t the only places to land deals on Cyber Monday. Jolie Peters, House Beautiful, "Where To Land The Best Cyber Monday Deals Of 2018," 14 Oct. 2018 Angelina Jolie is reportedly in talks to star in the upcoming Marvel film The Eternals, marking her debut in the comic giant's expansive superhero universe, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Could Be Starring in a Marvel Superhero Movie," 28 Mar. 2019 Further studies show that the law caused a $10 million loss to the industry, primarily shouldered by smaller publishers that relied on the tech giants for distribution. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "EU Passes New Copyright Rules That Could Have a Disastrous Effect," 26 Mar. 2019 And, yes, the streaming giant is taking the Meghan Markle inspiration for the franchise to a whole new level. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, ""A Christmas Prince" Sequel "The Royal Baby" Is Coming to Netflix This Holiday Season," 11 Mar. 2019 The beauty giant announced today that beloved skin-care brand DHC has landed at Ulta. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Japanese Beauty Brand DHC Is Now Sold at Ulta," 11 Mar. 2019 The veld looked like the giant desiccated hide of some ancient creature, skinned and scarred and skeletal. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Today, tech giants want world-class talent, while cities want jobs and tax revenue. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

President Nicolás Maduro’s government convened an urgent meeting of 12 technicians in February 2016 at the giant El Guri hydroelectric complex after rolling blackouts had hit Venezuela. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Power Grid Afflicted by Brain Drain, Corruption," 17 Mar. 2019 Will there be a giant cutout for the whole array, or six individual circles for the cameras and flash? Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Nokia 9 PureView hands-on: All of the cameras and none of the gimmicks," 24 Feb. 2019 Still, Goldman draws a meaningful distinction here, insofar as there are giant corporations that really do sell your data. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 Its grand promenade is unquestionably one of New York’s greatest rooms, and the theater itself is a giant jewel box that is at once a technical achievement and a wonderful venue for viewing America’s most celebrated and influential dance company. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018 Now more than ever, most journalists work for giant, nihilistic corporations whose editorial decisions are skewed by a toxic mix of political and financial considerations. Eric Johnson, Recode, "The media is responsible for President Trump and it still hasn’t learned from 2016, says Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi," 18 Oct. 2018 The uritrottoirs look like giant flower boxes, and that's kind of the point. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Parisians Aren't Happy About the City's New Open-Air Urinals," 14 Aug. 2018 During the days before Prime Day officially begins, Amazon will unbox giant Smile boxes in a variety of cities. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Grocery shopping? Some Amazon Prime Day deals have already begun," 10 July 2018 The giant boxes, which will also appear in London, Tokyo and Milan, will open to reveal a pop-up event that will be live-streamed on the Amazon website. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Amazon Prime Day events could include concerts, gaming with giant 25-foot boxes in NYC, LA," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of giant

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for giant

Noun

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

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giant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of giant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

giant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of giant (Entry 2 of 2)

: very large : much larger or more powerful than normal

giant

noun
gi·​ant | \ ˈjī-ənt How to pronounce giant (audio) \

Kids Definition of giant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an imaginary person of great size and strength
2 : a person or thing that is very large, successful, or powerful He grew up to be a giant of a man.

giant

adjective

Kids Definition of giant (Entry 2 of 2)

: much larger than ordinary : huge

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