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

China has created its own champions by barring U.S. giants from its market. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Silicon Valley’s Nemesis Explains Her Philosophy," 9 Nov. 2018 The filing is, in essence, Faraday Future’s way of pushing back against Evergrande’s claims to stockholders (and the public) that the real estate giant won a recent arbitration case between the two sides in Hong Kong. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future says its main investor is ‘deliberately starving’ it into bankruptcy," 9 Nov. 2018 That was the logic behind listings giant Zillow adding landlord tools to its existing products over the summer. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Online property management tools are moving the landlord-tenant relationship to the internet," 7 Nov. 2018 The coffee giant also recently committed to going strawless, vowing to quit all single-use plastic straws globally by 2020 (though that plan isn't without potential flaws). Rebecca Dancer, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks Gives Away Reusable Red Holiday Cups on November 2," 2 Nov. 2018 Instead, the company is seemingly embracing a more moderate tone in line with its current form: an industry giant with locations around the world. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "WeWork is tracking how much its members drink during the workday," 31 Oct. 2018 The nonprofit Tesseract Research Center, which is paying fees for the plaintiffs’ lawyers and other costs, is run by Democratic donor Morris Pearl, a former managing director at investment giant BlackRock. Bernard Condon, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit: Trump misled investors in money-losing company," 29 Oct. 2018 Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, with John Carpenter—the genre film giant—directing. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best '80s Horror Movies That Are Still Terrifying Today," 23 Oct. 2018 Mykonos, Greece Said to have been where Hercules killed the giants, Mykonos is steeped in mythological history. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Vice in the past sold a number of multimillion-dollar deals for sponsored content and traditional ads to marketers like consumer-goods giant Unilever PLC, brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev SA and insurer Geico. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Vice Media to Shrink Workforce by as Much as 15% as Growth Stalls," 7 Nov. 2018 Of course, there's always Titan, Saturn's giant moon that has liquid bodies of hydrocarbons on its surface. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Launching a Submarine to the Seafloor," 13 Aug. 2018 Airbnb isn't the only sharing economy giant taking a stand. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb Threatens to Ban 'Unite the Right' Rally Attendees," 10 Aug. 2018 To get more of that kind of information, the company has teamed up with consumer genetics giant 23andMe, which could soon turn out to be a commercial competitor. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Company Wants Your Fertility Data," 13 July 2018 ScienceCollared gray wolf in California ventured toward Lake Tahoe’s... US & World // ScienceMariposa Grove, Yosemite’s haven for giant sequoias, restored and... The Caribbean island of Bonaire is one of many places doing just that. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Hawaii to ban sunscreen that damages coral," 7 July 2018 Kip Moore Kip Moore’s giant crowd at the U.S. Cellular Connection stage Saturday proved how loyal the city’s country fan base is, especially when the genre’s biggest artists come to town. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 10: Kip Moore, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Phantogram & more," 7 July 2018 Its energetic ambiance, giant menu (decisions, decisions!), and of course, the cheesecake likely all come to mind. Southern Living, "The Cheesecake Factory Is Debuting a New Restaurant This Fall," 22 June 2018 Yet Super Fly, directed by the 38-year-old Gordon Parks Jr., turns this endeavor into a giant provocation. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Superfly rolls back the clock on African-American movie heroes," 21 June 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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