giant

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noun

gi·​ant ˈjī-ənt How to pronounce giant (audio)
plural giants
1
: a legendary humanlike being of great stature and strength
2
a
: 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
giantlike adjective

giant

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adjective

: having extremely large size, proportion, or power

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Two senators are now asking the tech giant to ensure the policy is more consistently applied to address misleading ads from antiabortion crisis pregnancy centers. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2022 The tech giant is responding to the recent class action lawsuit previously filed by former employees, regarding the 60-day notice that is required by law before proceeding with mass layoffs. Max Zahn, ABC News, 23 Nov. 2022 All eyes had been on the tech giant in anticipation of a true Android alternative to truly rival the Apple Watch. John Hamilton, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2022 Now, Sony Honda Mobility, the joint-venture agreement between the auto manufacturer and tech giant, is talking about opportunities to include Sony's tech into the company's vehicles. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 21 Nov. 2022 Then, days later, the tech giant filed an appeal, keeping its case against Corellium alive. Lorenzo Franceschi-bicchierai, WIRED, 21 Nov. 2022 The Seattle tech giant is now laying off around 10,000 corporate employees after operating income fell in the most recent quarter by $2.4 billion compared to the prior year. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Nov. 2022 The tech giant projected capital expenditures of up to $39 billion in 2023. Hannah Miao, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 Amazon isn't the only tech giant cutting thousands of jobs. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 16 Nov. 2022
Adjective
Among them is Jamie Dimon, CEO of the giant bank JP Morgan Chase & Co., who has consistently scoffed at bitcoin and other digital currencies. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2022 That puts him just slightly ahead of the founder and CEO of the luxury goods giant LVMH, Bernard Arnault ($157 billion), in the rankings of the world’s wealthiest. Will Daniel, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2022 But the uncertain path of Hurricane Ian, which devastated parts of Southwest Florida in late September, led to the rocket’s being rolled back to the shelter of the giant Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2022 Department store giant Macy’s will invest $30 million over the next five years into supporting businesses run by people from underrepresented groups in the retail industry. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2022 Sneaker giant New Balance isn’t willing to accept this waste as just a necessary reality of the industry. Outside Online, 7 Nov. 2022 Yes Studios and Indian content producing giant Applause Entertainment are extending their existing agreement into a full-scale partnership. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 6 Nov. 2022 Joining Scholz is a delegation of 12 German industry titans, including the CEOs of Volkswagen (VLKAF), Deutsche Bank (DB), Siemens (SIEGY) and chemicals giant BASF (BASFY), according to a person familiar with the matter. Michelle Toh, CNN, 3 Nov. 2022 This context helps explain a few recent decisions by German chemicals giant BASF. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English giaunt, from Anglo-French geant, from Latin gigant-, gigas, from Greek

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of giant was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Giant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giant. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

giant 1 of 2

noun

gi·​ant ˈjī-ənt How to pronounce giant (audio)
1
: a very large and strong being of legend
2
: a person or thing that is very large or powerful

giant

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adjective

: much larger or more powerful than ordinary

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