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

For five months, a committee of Boeing’s board has been interviewing employees, safety experts, and executives at other industrial organizations in an attempt to understand how the aerospace giant could build safer airplanes. BostonGlobe.com, "Union votes to strike at General Motors’ US plants," 16 Sep. 2019 Yet, to some of the people it is meant to honor, the giant emerging from the rock is not a memorial but an indignity, the biggest and strangest and crassest historical irony in a region, and a nation, that is full of them. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019 Pep Guardiola watched Norwich City rip his defence to shreds on Saturday evening as the Canaries secured a 3-2 victory over the English giants. SI.com, "Shakhtar vs Man City Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 15 Sep. 2019 The description of the subprime crisis fails to tackle Fannie and Freddie, presumably because the mortgage giants were, inconveniently, government-sponsored. The Economist, "Nicholas Lemann traces the history of American corporations," 14 Sep. 2019 Amazon is facing questions from Capitol Hill over the safety of its vast delivery network and how the e-commerce giant has evaded responsibility for its role in deaths and serious injuries in crashes involving contractors delivering Amazon packages. Patricia Callahan, ProPublica, "Senator Demands Answers From Amazon on Delivery Crashes and Contract Drivers," 12 Sep. 2019 Airbnb has released a three-year, forward-facing review detailing the changes that have been implemented within the corporation following a string of racial discrimination claims levied against the hospitality giant. Essence, "Airbnb Works To Clean Up Its Reputation For Racial Discrimination In New 3-Year Report," 11 Sep. 2019 Not Even Popeyes Predicted the Chicken Sandwich Frenzy The fast-food giant reportedly also plans to debut seasoned potatoes and croissant sandwiches. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Wendy’s New Breakfast Menu Features a Southerner’s Dream," 11 Sep. 2019 In 2016, for instance, the industry giant unveiled CareKit, a software framework for developing healthcare apps. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Apple continues health push with three new medical studies," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The springs and surrounding desert wetlands are just 200 feet from the border, where crews plan to bring in heavy earthmoving equipment to install the giant steel barriers. Juliet Eilperin, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Border fence construction could destroy archaeological sites, park service finds," 17 Sep. 2019 In Federal Heights, Karla Lyons’ waitressing wages are eaten up by a constant stream of home and yard repairs ordered by her park manager, including removal of a giant maple tree that fell on her patio roof and crushed it. Washington Post, "Mobile home parks move from mom-and-pop to corporate," 16 Sep. 2019 Alabama football coach Nick Saban sent a giant bouquet and made multiple attempts to call the house. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Painful lesson of late Jake Palet: Helping, hurting can go hand-in-hand," 16 Sep. 2019 Automotive production leaves a giant footprint because materials like steel, rubber, glass, plastics, paints, and many more must be created before a new ride is ready to roll. National Geographic, "The environmental impacts of cars, explained," 15 Sep. 2019 The stories play out in song-cycle fashion, against the backdrop of a strikingly handsome giant tree, designed by Lance Landry. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Seasons’ gently and movingly showcases the human circle of life | Review," 14 Sep. 2019 Discovering the few things that recharge your batteries, activate your senses, and elevate your humanity can be a giant boost during those inevitable times of adversity. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Ask yourself these questions to find your best-self game plan," 14 Sep. 2019 On the arcade cabinet’s screen, a giant ape the size of King Kong had just scaled a construction site made of straight red girders. David L. Craddock, Ars Technica, "How a basement hacker transformed Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600," 14 Sep. 2019 But the great, big, giant loss of my life is my mom’s death. Cheryl Strayed, Glamour, "Wild Author Cheryl Strayed Knows the Secret to Finding Love After Loss," 13 Sep. 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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