giant

noun
gi·​ant | \ ˈjī-ənt \

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 \ 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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Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London The British travel brand is opening its first London hotel in early 2019 (and its first after being bought by luxury giant LVMH). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2019," 29 Dec. 2018 Inland, the Maya Mountains jumble under towering clouds, giants dreaming on their backs. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Babor x All Woman Project Beauty giants aren't the only ones making changes. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "The 10 Most Groundbreaking Beauty Campaigns of 2018," 22 Dec. 2018 Fry's Food, a brand owned by grocery giant Kroger, launched a self-driving grocery delivery program back in August in partnership with Nuro. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Kroger-owned grocery store begins fully driverless deliveries," 18 Dec. 2018 The material that lives way out here is left over from the formation of the solar system and was cast out by the influence of the four gas giant plants, but didn't have enough speed to completely leave the influence of the sun. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Why Voyager 2 Is In Interstellar Space But Not Out of the Solar System," 13 Dec. 2018 Waking up missing this giant of a man who gave me everything. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Jenna Bush Hager Writes Powerfully of George H. W. Bush's Dream of Being Reunited With Loved Ones in the Afterlife," 1 Dec. 2018 All while traditional vitamin giants are floundering. Jancee Dunn, Allure, "Pretty Pills: How Beauty Supplements Changed the Way We View Wellness," 2 Oct. 2018 Many giant dinosaurs walked on four legs but had ancestors that walked on two legs. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Amazing giant dinosaur discovery: New dino species identified," 28 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For that matter, AT&T still has its giant wireless and wired telecom business. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Hollywood vs. #MeToo and Streaming," 28 Dec. 2018 From the dazzling lights decorating the streets to big events like lighting the giant tree at Rockefeller Center, New York City knows how to get into the holiday spirit. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Most Breathtaking Holiday Windows in New York City," 20 Dec. 2018 The bezels when folded for use as a phone are also giant compared to modern edge-to-edge flagships, and the folding display Samsung has chosen makes the device very tall when closed. Tom Warren, The Verge, "The foldable phones are coming," 8 Nov. 2018 The resort is also near major attractions such as the To Sua Ocean Trench, Togitogiga Waterfall, Papase’ea Sliding Rocks, the Apia Markets and giant wild turtle feeding. USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Seven nights in Fiji and Samoa for $2,349," 12 July 2018 Like so much of Montana, the unbound sky was bold and giant, rolling with storms, then cast with sunbeams and blue. Andrew Evans, chicagotribune.com, "Feel the pull of the prairie on a uniquely American safari in Montana," 5 July 2018 In Praca Maua square in Rio de Janeiro, thousands watched the game on a giant screen akin to a drive-in movie theater. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Mexican fans will have to wait to get to 'fifth game' at a World Cup," 3 July 2018 Produced in association with Brand USA, presented by Expedia, and narrated by Morgan Freeman, the MacGillivray Freeman Films documentary is currently on IMAX and giant screens in museums and science centers across the U.S. and Canada. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Aloe Blacc on 'America's Musical Journey' Doc, His Forthcoming Album & Unreleased Songs With Avicii," 20 June 2018 Between stints in government, Mattis found himself on the board of directors of Theranos, a company that’s now known to be a giant fraud. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There never were any “adults in the room”," 21 Dec. 2018

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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 \

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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