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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Image Microsoft on Friday became the first tech giant to join a growing call for regulations to limit the use of facial recognition technology. New York Times, "Microsoft Urges Congress to Regulate Use of Facial Recognition," 13 July 2018 And Apple—oh yes, them, the other deep-pocketed tech giant not already in this conversation—is looking at its own slate of originals. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "With 112 Emmy Nominations, Netflix Officially Rules Television," 12 July 2018 The tech giant is expected to spend $1 billion this year on original content and recently signed Oprah Winfrey to a multi-year content partnership. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Cord cutter dé​​​​​​​jà vu: Streaming channels are looking more like those hated cable TV bundles," 12 July 2018 The tech giant appears to be repatriating $252 billion, not $350 billion or $230 billion, in offshore profit under a provision of Trump’s tax legislation. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence," 10 July 2018 The tech giant is offering sales on almost all of its devices, from the Google Home Mini to the Pixel 2. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Can't Wait For Amazon Prime Day? Go For These Google Deals Now," 9 July 2018 But what if people really controlled their data—and the tech giants were required to pay for access? The Economist, "What if people were paid for their data?," 7 July 2018 And now, the tech giants are racing to insert themselves more intimately in people’s lives, this time as personal assistants. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 Yitu Technology — a facial recognition specialist — is involved in a project in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province in southern China, to diagnose cancer, while China tech giants Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu are all involved in AI health projects. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "China plans to dominate AI, with a vanguard of robotic doctors like 'Biomind'," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Even so, the University of Chicago can take a giant leap for mankind by showing us the medical bona fides of students who are not held back simply because of poor test-taking skills. Bertrand Horwitz, WSJ, "Taking the Measure of School Admission Tests," 6 July 2018 That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Liz Mcneil, PEOPLE.com, "10 Shocking Things You'll Learn About the Chappaquiddick Scandal in Cover-Up," 31 May 2018 Metro’s newest fare proposal may be one small step for harried riders who use one of its express bus routes — and one giant leap for the future of bus transportation in the Washington region. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Metro wants bus trips to be faster, and getting rid of cash may be the answer," 26 May 2018 All six infestations of giant hogweed are in Wataugua County, along the North Carolina-Virginia border, officials said. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "This invasive European plant can blind you. It’s now growing in NC.," 12 July 2018 At a lot of parks, the play structures are a bit too giant for your little ones. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "100 things to do with your kids (from babies to teenagers) in the summer in Milwaukee," 21 May 2018 New rides Perhaps the most popular of the State Fair's attractions - at least among kids and kids-at-heart - is the fair's carnival area, which offers everything from spooky houses to the giant Ferris wheel. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "What’s new at the California State Fair? Here’s everything you need to know," 13 July 2018 Millions, at home and in public, were glued to televisions and giant video screens, to events unfolding thousands of miles away. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Four Countries. Two Games. One Goal.," 12 July 2018 Held for the second time in North Park, the SoccerCity World Cup Fan Zone features two giant jumbo screens, an assortment of food trucks, a beer garden, and 619 Spirits Bloody Mary bar will serve craft sips for those 21 and up. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Local eateries cool the summer heat with chillin' specials during National Ice Cream month," 12 July 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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More Definitions for giant

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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