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 As the world’s oldest and largest management consulting firm, McKinsey has advised a long list of corporate giants, princes and potentates. azcentral, "UA's $14-million gamble: Consultant gave pricey advice to devise strategic plan," 9 Nov. 2019 That revelation triggered intense scrutiny of Facebook and other Big Tech giants, including investigations by most state attorneys general of both Google and Facebook. Washington Post, "Top antitrust enforcer warns Big Tech over data collection," 9 Nov. 2019 Having had its fingers burned in China a few years ago, in May Rakuten, a Japanese e-commerce giant, opened an office in Dalian, a Chinese coastal city now home to some 1,500 Japanese companies. The Economist, "Japan Inc has thrived in China of late," 9 Nov. 2019 The 2019 edition of this list of power brokers includes leaders of health care companies, retail giants, construction heavyweights, financial institutions, nonprofit groups, and many more. BostonGlobe.com, "The 2019 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts," 8 Nov. 2019 So, no giant, farmed, irrigated acreages of grain, no fermentation, and no complex distillation to remove impurities. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the World's First Carbon-Negative Vodka," 7 Nov. 2019 Today, those same 10 carriers have been merged into four giants, which together have more than 80% of flight capacity. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "European airlines are confronting the same grim reality their US counterparts faced decades ago," 6 Nov. 2019 On the day of the gala, Messing skated onto the Orleans Arena ice carrying a giant, framed photo of Paxon mounted on a tripod. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Inspired by love and by loss, an Alaska figure skater brings his emotions to the ice," 2 Nov. 2019 John Hancock, the insurance giant, has an app for couples, known as Twine, to communicate about and plan their finances together, and there is a slew of smaller versions, including Honeydue, Honeyfi and Zeta. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "The New Way to (Finally) Stop Fighting Over Money With Your Spouse," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Global payments giant Visa is paying $200 million for 20% stake in Interswitch, Nigeria’s largest electronic payments company, UK’s Sky News reports. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria’s top fintech company is set to be Africa’s first home-grown unicorn with Visa investment," 10 Nov. 2019 Prior to Star India, Gupta had stints at consumer goods giant Hindustan Unilever and telecom giant Bharti Airtel. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Google Names Star India Veteran Sanjay Gupta Country Manager," 8 Nov. 2019 Beauty giant Unilever then got on board and invested in Saie. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Saie is the Clean Makeup Brand You're About to See Everywhere," 7 Nov. 2019 First to testify will be William Taylor, the top diplomat in Ukraine, who has relayed in private his understanding that there was a blatant quid pro quo with Trump holding up military aid to a U.S. ally facing threats from its giant neighbor Russia. Eric Tucker, The Denver Post, "Trump impeachment inquiry going public: Hearings next week for all to see," 6 Nov. 2019 In Them!, nuclear radiation from the 1945 atomic Trinity tests begets giant, bloodthirsty ants who make their way to Los Angeles following a freight train full of sugar. Elizabeth Horkley, Quartz, "Our obsession with insects in horror films says a lot about our fear of destroying the planet," 30 Oct. 2019 Dion Dublin comes jiving down the aisle and up onto the stage, dube in hand, wearing today's Homes Under The Hammer outfit and a giant grin. SI.com, "90min's Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2012," 23 Oct. 2019 That puppy became almost as big as the little giant brewing on the Butler basketball court, a national story. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Butler mascot Trip and handler Michael Kaltenmark will retire," 22 Oct. 2019 Historically, at Bogoslof and other similar submarine volcanoes, passing ships have reported that before an explosive eruption, a giant, black dome emerges out of the ocean. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Underwater volcano belched explosive bubbles larger than a stadium," 14 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of giant was in the 14th century

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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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