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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Fulham had hoped that fast-tracking the teenager to the first team would have been enough to keep him at the club, but their own contract offer to Elliott was turned down, allowing a number of European giants to make their moves. SI.com, "Fulham Wonderkid to Join Liverpool After Snubbing Offers From Real Madrid & PSG," 8 July 2019 Mundt contends that Facebook and other tech giants don’t need to be broken up, as Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and others have suggested. Adam Satariano, BostonGlobe.com, "Your data could be at the center of the fight against Big Tech," 7 July 2019 The nonprofit, which has been biting at the heels of leading browsers for most of its existence, is introducing more aggressive privacy settings to try to stand out and take advantage of the privacy stumbles by Google and other tech giants. David Ingram, NBC News, "Privacy-first browsers look to take the shine off Google's Chrome," 5 July 2019 The battle with Braun and Borchetta, however, aligns with her track record over the last dozen years of targeting a succession of foes of increasingly potent stature, from tech giant Apple to the coalition of Braun and Borchetta. Randy Lewis, latimes.com, "Taylor Swift, entitled millionaire, is the labor activist the music industry needs," 3 July 2019 The merger of two defense giants finalized this week will allow newly formed L3Harris Technologies to expand its footprint in North Texas. Orla Mccaffrey, Dallas News, "Merger of defense giants L3 and Harris could mean more jobs for North Texas," 2 July 2019 Other tech giants including Facebook, Cisco and Microsoft are directly funding affordable housing. Melia Russell, SFChronicle.com, "Google wants to build 20,000 homes. It may need more than $14 trillion," 1 July 2019 Photo: Giulia Marchi for The Wall Street Journal Before now, China’s tech giants have largely failed to create brands with big followings in the West. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "TikTok’s Videos Are Goofy. Its Strategy to Dominate Social Media Is Serious.," 29 June 2019 The partisan battle is also playing out as a broader debate about how and when tech giants should be mediating free speech and whether their standards - such as prohibiting incitements to violence - are being consistently and transparently applied. Anchorage Daily News, "Twitter adds labels for tweets that break its rules - a move with potential implications for Trump’s account," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The mall functions as both a giant ‘80s throwback and a blatantly unsubtle commentary on corporate greed wreaking havoc on small-town America — season three’s anticapitalist undertones being an unexpectedly woke new addition to the show. Aja Romano, Vox, "Stranger Things season 3 is charming but frustrating. Here’s a spoiler-free review.," 30 June 2019 His repression of dissidents has poisoned relations with the EU, and choked off opportunities for more trade and investment between Turkey and the giant, rich economy on its doorstep. The Economist, "Opponents of Turkey’s erratic president should try harder," 29 June 2019 Lack of tracking tech has hampered our military as well: In the summer of 2017, the USS Fitzgerald hit a giant container ship, killing seven sailors. John Konrad, BostonGlobe.com, "The next global tech disruption will happen where few expect it," 28 June 2019 England came out on top in their quarterfinal match against Norway, but a giant awaits them in the semis. Julius Long And David Close, CNN, "Baseball royalty and rivalry, multiple World Cups and motor sports are ones to watch this weekend," 28 June 2019 However, this newfound femur is the first evidence that giant, flightless birds inhabited Europe during the Pleistocene epoch (2.6 million to 11,700 years ago), the study authors wrote. Mindy Weisberger, Scientific American, "Extinct 11-Foot “Super-Ostrich” Was As Massive As a Polar Bear," 27 June 2019 Ride-sharing giant Uber is considering a site in Deep Ellum for an office that would employ several thousand people. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Lowe's picks Charlotte after dangling potential of 2,000 new tech jobs in Dallas," 27 June 2019 The currents then slammed the raft into a hole, like a giant frothing cappuccino with no visible bottom — sucking it sideways and under. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "A run through Colorado’s Yampa whitewater reveals the wildness that remains. But will the West’s rivers survive urban demands?," 23 June 2019 Vigna, smacking his hand on the table, pushed back, arguing that the the media giant’s reach—a stupendous 2.4 billion monthly active users—cannot be so easily dismissed. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Ambitions Provoke Heated Debate—The Ledger," 17 June 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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