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

Following last year’s acquisition of Rockwell Collins, the Raytheon deal remakes UTC as an aerospace giant with products including cockpit electronics, jet engines, missiles and radars. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "United Technologies says it’s merging with defense contractor Raytheon and moving headquarters to Boston area from Connecticut," 10 June 2019 Talbot’s storytelling approach is a little too hermetic and abstract, and Montgomery is an inscrutable character for much of the movie, played by Majors as a gentle giant who’s been holding in profound insights. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Painterly Mood Piece About a Changing City," 10 June 2019 This phenomenon, known as opposition, occurs just once every 13 months and finds the gas giant reaching its closest distance to Earth. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Tonight Is the Best Time of the Year to See Jupiter and Its Many Moons," 10 June 2019 Last year Walmart spent $16bn buying Flipkart, an Indian e-commerce giant. The Economist, "The second half of humanity is joining the internet," 8 June 2019 The poultry giant stated the recall is voluntary and out of caution. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "Tyson Foods recalls over 190,000 pounds of chicken fritters sold to restaurants, schools," 8 June 2019 The search giant is also arguing that cutting Huawei off from Android threatens U.S. security, according to a new Financial Times report. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "New Huawei phones won't have Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram pre-installed, report says," 7 June 2019 But that didn’t stop the search giant from announcing a multibillion-dollar acquisition yesterday. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Will Washington's antitrust moment hurt deals in Silicon Valley? Google is an early test.," 7 June 2019 The search giant, for its part, has in the past faced intense antitrust challenges in the U.S. and elsewhere, and already has a playbook for dealing with them. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Big tech is armed and ready for the antitrust fight," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Essentially, something caused a giant hole on the Moon billions of years ago, and astronomers have just discovered that there's something big -- really big -- buried underneath the surface. Aj Willingham, CNN, "There's a huge mass embedded in the center of the moon, and astronomers aren't sure what it is," 11 June 2019 Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports, via Reuters TORONTO — Jason Peters, the former boys’ basketball coach at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, has been having friends over to watch the N.B.A. finals on a giant projection screen on his porch. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Marc Gasol Turns Memphis Into Jurassic Park South," 10 June 2019 The iPadOS demo at WWDC reached a kind of crescendo when a virtual thumb drive appeared on the giant screen behind Federighi, illustrating that the Files app on iPad will now recognize external drives and devices. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "iPadOS Isn't Just a Name. It's a New Direction for Apple," 9 June 2019 Players from both teams exited the dugouts and stood on the field to stare at the giant video screen above right field. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros earn walkoff win over Orioles in 11 innings," 8 June 2019 Bring your blanket or chairs and enjoy free popcorn and lemonade at 8 p.m. The films, shown on a giant inflatable screen, start at dark. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Laurel student Claire Fedor builds bridges to her future: Valley Views," 7 June 2019 Deer District: The entertainment plaza outside Fiserv Forum is hosting watch parties for the U.S. team's matches in the beer garden — the one with the giant outdoor TV screen at 1133 N. Old World Third St. — June 11, June 16 and June 20. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: Here's where you can watch the matches," 6 June 2019 The ceremony kicked off with the recollections of those who took part in the landings, broadcast from a giant screen, setting the tone for a ceremony meant to focus on veterans’ sacrifices. Washington Post, "The Latest: Plane fly-over wraps up D-Day ceremony," 6 June 2019 Unrelentingly black walls frame giant windows, a theme the interior designer, together with her sister and business partner, borrowed from the original structure. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "Paint Your Sunroom Black. You’ll Thank Us.," 26 Apr. 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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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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