giant

1 of 2

noun

gi·​ant ˈjī-ənt How to pronounce giant (audio)
plural giants
1
: a legendary humanlike being of great stature and strength
2
a
: 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
giantlike adjective

giant

2 of 2

adjective

: having extremely large size, proportion, or power

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Person was an inquisitive student of the instrument, mastering the punk and metal riffs his friends enjoyed, then learning from the electric blues giants. Stephen Deusner, SPIN, 10 July 2024 Former senior executive Tom Peddie, who retired from the shoe giant in 2020, will take on the role of vice president of marketplace partners after Nike’s relationships with shoe sellers have faltered. Bysasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 9 July 2024
Adjective
The outside looks like a giant set of bleachers; the inside looks like a Great Wolf Lodge. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2024 Yes, but: The number of startups receiving such funding, however, was significantly lower — reflecting how a small number of giant AI deals are skewing the data. Zachary Basu, Axios, 11 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for giant 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Giant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giant. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

giant

1 of 2 noun
gi·​ant ˈjī-ənt How to pronounce giant (audio)
1
: a very large and strong being of legend
2
: a person or thing that is very large or powerful

giant

2 of 2 adjective
: much larger or more powerful than ordinary

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