giant

noun
gi·​ant | \ ˈjī-ənt How to pronounce giant (audio) \
plural giants

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
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

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 The emails obtained by the New York Post from Hunter Biden, if authentic, shed further light on his time on the board of Ukrainian energy giant Burisma and on his pursuit of lucrative deals connected to shady Chinese businessmen. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Ron Johnson says FBI needs to provide answers on Hunter Biden laptop saga," 17 Oct. 2020 Joe Tsai, the Nets’ owner and the executive vice chairman of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, donated 25 million yuan (roughly $3.7 million) in Covid-19 relief funds to China in February. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Jimmy Butler Was Made for Miami," 14 Oct. 2020 That has lifted lifted the market value of the Chinese technology giant over $800 billion. Chitra Somayaji, WSJ, "Xilinx, Advanced Micro Devices, NXP: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today," 9 Oct. 2020 Walmart Senior Manager of Corporate Communications Charles Crowson said Open Call is part of the retail giant’s $250 billion commitment to investing in U.S. job creation, an initiative that kicked off in 2013. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Medina-based EcoSox answers when Walmart calls," 6 Oct. 2020 Since news of her death first broke, the portrait has been widely shared across social media, as people mourn the loss of the diminutive giant who tirelessly fought for gender equality. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "'She Knows She Has Left a Legacy.' The Story Behind TIME's Commemorative Ruth Bader Ginsburg Cover," 19 Sep. 2020 The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg marks the loss of a giant who pioneered women's rights until her last days. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death sets up tense political fight over replacement," 19 Sep. 2020 And a week after Trump tweeted about alleged bias against conservatives by Google this past summer, the Justice Department opened an antitrust investigation of the search giant, prompting more internal complaints. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, "How President Trump and his attorney general use each other," 15 Sep. 2020 One photo of the giant remains is a manipulated image of a 1993 dinosaur dig in Niger, Snopes found. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Online post showing giant human skeletons is an old hoax," 9 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In recent months, the Commerce Department announced rules barring semiconductor firms anywhere in the world from selling equipment containing U.S. technology to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. Bob Davis, WSJ, "U.S.’s China Hawks Drive Hard-Line Policies After Trump Turns on Beijing," 16 Oct. 2020 On October 15, indoor cycling giant Peloton announced a recall of pedals from around 27,000 of its bikes, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Christa Sgobba, SELF, "Peloton Recalls Pedals From 27,000 Bikes After Reports of Injuries," 16 Oct. 2020 Paystack has since garnered over 60,000 users with a client base that includes small business merchants, government agtencies, and large corporate organizations, including telecoms giant MTN, and global ride-hailing firm, Bolt. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Payments giant Stripe has bought Nigerian payments startup Paystack for Africa expansion," 15 Oct. 2020 Today, Shenzhen hosts the headquarters of some of China’s most successful companies, including telecoms giant Huawei and Tencent, the country’s top company for social media and gaming. Eva Dou, Washington Post, "China’s Xi set to give speech on future of Shenzhen, Hong Kong," 14 Oct. 2020 Two frontrunner candidates—by the biotech company Moderna and the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer—require two doses spaced about a month apart and are chemically unstable at room temperature. Sarah Elizabeth Richards, National Geographic, "Who will get the vaccine first? Here's where you might land in line.," 14 Oct. 2020 The company, whose largest shareholder is the Swiss commodities giant Glencore, says the mine would create hundreds of jobs while producing metals that the U.S. economy needs. Steve Karnowski, Star Tribune, "Minnesota Supreme Court weighs fate of PolyMet mine permits," 13 Oct. 2020 So did the board tasked with monitoring a COVID-19 vaccine trial sponsored by British pharma giant AstraZeneca back in September. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2 things we know (and 3 we don’t) about Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly pausing COVID-19 trials," 13 Oct. 2020 Swedish telecoms giant Telia Company AB has agreed to sell its carrier unit to Polhem Infra in a deal worth more than $1 billion. Charles Daly, Bloomberg.com, "Telia Strikes $1 Billion Deal to Sell Carrier Unit to Polhem," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of giant

Noun

13th 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 13th century

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Last Updated

20 Oct 2020

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“Giant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giant. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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