giant

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

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
4 astronomy : a star of high luminosity and relatively great mass and size a red giant As it exhausts its hydrogen fuel, changes in its interior trigger a transformation from a blue giant to a yellow supergiant in only a few hundred thousand years.— James B. Kaler — compare dwarf sense 4a, supergiant

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 The Apple Face Mask is the first created in-house by the Cupertino, California-technology giant for its staff. Mark Gurman, Bloomberg.com, "Apple Design Teams Develop Special Face Masks for Employees," 9 Sep. 2020 But the payroll giant, which reportedly serves 700,000 businesses, published a guide for employers last week that suggests explaining to employees that Trump's order is simply a tax deferral not a pay cut. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "ADP, the biggest U.S. payroll service, won’t implement Trump’s ‘tax holiday’," 8 Sep. 2020 That first idol for so many baseball fans of a certain age, the greatest Met of all, a pitching giant, Tom Terrific. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: From Kobe Bryant to Tom Seaver, Stanley Robinson to Cliff Robinson, an already bleak 2020 has seen the loss of many prominent sports figures," 6 Sep. 2020 The retail giant invested in a push to sell 10 million reusable cloth masks directly to companies and governments as the economy reopened for business. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Gap and Etsy make millions on masks amid pandemic sales slump," 1 Sep. 2020 On August 25th the American giant, with a market capitalisation of $138bn, reported its financial results for the three months to July. The Economist, "Left to their own devices Covid-19 has been a mixed blessing for makers of medical equipment," 29 Aug. 2020 The e-commerce giant -- which in recent years has been taking a bite out of the multibillion-dollar grocery industry -- invited select customers in the Los Angeles area to shop in the store before opening up to the public in the coming weeks. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, "Amazon opens its first Fresh grocery store," 27 Aug. 2020 The social media giant, which has been under pressure to curb misinformation on its platform, has made amplifying credible health information a key element of its response. NBC News, "On Facebook, health-misinformation 'superspreaders' rack up billions of views," 19 Aug. 2020 The media giant, led by CEO Bob Bakish, grew its streaming business further in the second quarter and raised its synergy target for the Viacom-CBS recombination that created it. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "ViacomCBS Ad Revenue Falls 27 Percent, Film Profit Rises Helped by 'Sonic' Digital Release," 6 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Other game options in stock now include Browns Kan Jam, giant Browns yard dice, a Browns ring toss game, a life-size Browns Connect Four game and even a Browns version of the ancient viking game Kubb. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns gear, games and more for your at-home tailgates and watch parties in 2020 season," 9 Sep. 2020 Calls seeking comment from the Venezuelan Information Ministry and state oil giant Petróleos de Venezuela SA, known as PdVSA, weren’t returned. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Oil Industry Is Fading Away in Land of the World’s Richest Reserves," 4 Sep. 2020 The Chinese internet giant Tencent is seeking to hire 5,000 graduates this year, the most in the company’s history, and a 40% increase over last year. Jules Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Young workers hit hardest in global downturn. What’s the answer?," 31 Aug. 2020 Sinopec posted its first-ever loss over a half-year as pandemic lockdowns and the oil price crash continue to weigh on oil giant earnings even as the country’s economy recovers. Bloomberg.com, "Sinopec Posts First Half-Year Loss as Virus, Prices Hit Earnings," 29 Aug. 2020 In earnings yesterday, cosmetics giant Coty—which has recently expanded its investment in Kardashian beauty brands—posted worse-than-expected results. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Moms are getting fewer raises and promotions than dads while working remotely," 28 Aug. 2020 The Washington State Department of Agriculture announced this week the capture of the first male Asian giant hornet detected in the United States. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Male ‘Murder Hornet’ Captured in the U.S. as Scientists Rush to Stop Their Spread," 19 Aug. 2020 The hornet was caught in an Asian giant hornet bottle trap near Custer, Washington. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "USA's first male 'murder hornet' captured in Washington state," 19 Aug. 2020 But in Way and Del Genio's model, a giant cloud on the dayside would act as a bright shield to reflect incoming sunlight and allow temperatures cool enough for liquid water. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Model Suggests Toxic Transformation on Venus," 13 July 2020

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First Known Use of giant

Noun

13th 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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The first known use of giant was in the 13th century

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14 Sep 2020

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“Giant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giant. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for giant

giant

noun
How to pronounce giant (audio)

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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