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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Target shares dropped last week after the retail giant reported 1.4% holiday same-store sales growth in November and December, well short of the 3.8% fourth-quarter sales growth analysts had been expecting. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, "China trade deal and big banks' earnings lift markets," 19 Jan. 2020 In an era in which online stores such as Amazon.com are battling with giants like Walmart and Target to offer customers anything under the sun, shopping at a department store for many Americans is almost quaint. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "The Department Store of the Future Will Look a Lot Like the Past," 17 Jan. 2020 Two black McDonald's executives filed a lawsuit against the fast-food giant alleging racial discrimination and a hostile work environment under the company's former chief executive. NBC News, "Black execs sue McDonald's, claim systematic racial discrimination against workers, customers," 9 Jan. 2020 During Van Halen's late '70s through mid '80s rise, unlike previous era rock giants like The Stones and Led Zeppelin, the band's tours included tertiary markets like Huntsville. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Close encounters of the Van Halen kind," 8 Jan. 2020 Amro writes: Working at most startups (in their current form) in a world full of growing tech giants like Google, Facebook, Apple, Netflix, etc. Walter Frick, Quartz at Work, "Silicon Valley engineers are starting to doubt the wisdom of working at startups," 26 Dec. 2019 Amazon: The online retail giant will accept returns through Jan. 31 for most items shipped between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Yikes! You hate that gift you got for Christmas. Here's what to know about holiday returns," 20 Dec. 2019 Burger King: In May, the fast-food giant launched Real Meals to spotlight mental health. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Peloton is far from the first: A list of 2019's controversial ads, branded messaging," 6 Dec. 2019 Many of the product categories and specific products that will be discounted are similar to those the retail giant has offered in the past. Nerdwallet, oregonlive, "Best 2019 Costco Black Friday deals to watch for," 25 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the summer of 2019, the property was purchased for $501,078 by Catamount Properties 2018, one of 98 LLCs active in the Bay Area that have been traced back to a home-flipping giant named Wedgewood Properties. Maximillian Alvarez, The New Republic, "Mothers Against Vampire Real Estate," 22 Jan. 2020 The paddlefish may be a harbinger for many other giant fish. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "The Freshwater Giants Are Dying," 21 Jan. 2020 Deloitte served as auditor for Finstar, an Angolan satellite TV company partly owned by dos Santos, and Ernst & Young did the same for ZOPT, the company dos Santos uses to hold her stake in Portuguese telecoms giant NOS. Ben Hallman, Quartz Africa, "How Western advisers helped an autocrat’s daughter amass and shield a fortune," 19 Jan. 2020 Powerful thrusters on the capsule propelled it up and out of harm’s way, as the rocket engines deliberately shut down and the booster tumbled out of control in a giant fireball. Marcia Dunn, SFChronicle.com, "SpaceX completes last key test of crew capsule," 19 Jan. 2020 Now, researchers have decoded the giant cephalopod's genome, hoping to unlock more secrets about the legendary squid. Fox News, "Scientists unlock secrets about mysterious giant squid," 17 Jan. 2020 There are banquettes, arcade games, giant Jenga and not to mention TVs galore. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Looking for the best sports bar in your neighborhood? Here are 15 around metro Phoenix," 17 Jan. 2020 And there were reports that said digital payments giant Paytm was going to lay off 500 employees, too. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "For better or for worse, the pink slip culture is India Inc’s new normal," 16 Jan. 2020 From virtual currency to the real world The technology being used by Engie, a giant utility with 170,000 employees in 70 countries, comes from French startup Ledger. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Making green energy more trusted—with the same tech that keeps cryptocurrency safe," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of giant was in the 14th century

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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Giant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giantlike. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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More Definitions for giant

giant

noun
How to pronounce giant (audio)

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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