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 giant (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 Following its acquisition of Yahoo, private equity giant Apollo Global Management has tapped Jim Lanzone, the CEO of Tinder, as the digital media company’s newest chief executive, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Declan Harty, Fortune, 10 Sep. 2021 The sale of the property will allow Green to fully repay the $425 million mortgage on the store, owed to U.S.-based private equity giant Apollo Global Management. David Dawkins, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 The private-equity giant is doing the deal through its core private-equity fund, which aims to buy high-quality companies and hold them for longer than the typical buyout fund. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, private equity giant Blackstone purchased a majority stake in Certified Collectibles Group, a company that grades collectibles like trading cards, in July for $500 million. Ken Sweet, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, private equity giant Blackstone purchased a majority stake in Certified Collectibles Group, a company that grades collectibles like trading cards, in July for $500 million. Ken Sweet, chicagotribune.com, 3 Sep. 2021 The private equity giant Blackstone bought a majority stake in the U.S. restoration franchise company Servpro in 2019. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 Private equity giant Blackstone purchased a majority stake in Certified Collectibles Group, a company that grades collectibles like trading cards, in July for $500 million. Ken Sweet, ajc, 3 Sep. 2021 Republicans argue that the social media giant Zuckerberg oversees suppresses conservative voices. Fredreka Schouten, CNN, 28 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Year-after-year since 1986, the NBA RTP has helped players entering the league for the first time make that giant leap from college and other settings. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Twins are not uncommon among giant pandas, but mothers typically only rear one cub. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 3 Sep. 2021 In 1969, Neil Armstrong took one small step for man, and in 2022, the moon is taking one giant leap to end mankind. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 2 Sep. 2021 Now, whatever lies next for New York feels more like a giant collective improvisation, a city taking shape on the fly. John Leland, New York Times, 5 July 2021 Hagstrom Miller, speaking on a call with reporters, said the protesters shined giant lights on the clinic's parking lot. Tierney Sneed, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021 Under the Donald Trump administration the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States opened talks with Tencent with a possible view to forcing the giant Chinese firm to divest Riot and its stake in another developer Epic Games. Patrick Frater, Variety, 1 Sep. 2021 Inspectors look at the bottom of Dale Marshall's pumpkin before it gets weighed during the giant pumpkin weigh-off competition at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2021 Suddenly hailstones like giant diamonds, and very nearly as hard, are thrown from the sky, followed by a torrential rainstorm. Carol Woolton, Vogue, 31 Aug. 2021

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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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“Giant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giant. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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