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



Definition of giant (Entry 2 of 2)

: having extremely large size, proportion, or power

Other Words from giant


giantlike \ ˈjī-​ənt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce giant (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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The property & casualty (P&C) insurance giant posted mixed results in the first quarter of 2022, with earnings beating the consensus but revenues missing the mark. Trefis Team, Forbes, 21 June 2022 On sites like Idle Fish, which counted more than 100 million users by mid-2021 and is operated by technology giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the justice is regularly meted out by ordinary people. Sha Hua, WSJ, 21 June 2022 Mondelez, the food giant that counts Oreo and Triscuits among many others in its portfolio, is buying Clif Bar for $3 billion. Allison Morrow, CNN, 21 June 2022 Last October, Celsius reached what seemed like a legitimizing pinnacle — a $400 million investment round led by the private-equity firm WestCap and the Canadian public-pension giant CDPQ. Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, 21 June 2022 The fast food giant cited supply chain disruptions after heavy flooding in some areas earlier this year. Fortune, 19 June 2022 In a symbolic move, shareholders of AMC Theatres voted against the pay packages of company officials, including CEO Adam Aron, the exhibition giant disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. Erik Hayden, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 June 2022 Reports say that the court filing revealed that the cosmetics giant is facing a debt value that exceeds $3.0 billion. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 16 June 2022 McDonald’s France and related companies have agreed to pay over 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) to the French state to settle a case in which the fast-food giant was accused of years of tax evasion., 16 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And a giant sunspot is pointed toward Earth – but there's no need to panic. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 21 June 2022 When the boys finally appeared on stage, unveiled by the lifting of a giant mechanized box, the screaming began. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 21 June 2022 So the queen called up her father and told him that his daughters-in-law were giant sluts. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 21 June 2022 In the most cerebral passages, Aurora prods Bartholdi to reconceive the meaning of his giant feminine statue by considering the way women’s bodies are remembered and dismembered. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 21 June 2022 But Rex, the giant T. rex, has slipped into disrepair. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 June 2022 Even as giant residential towers sprang up around Jumbo, its garish neon sign and imperial-style architecture still dominated the skyline around Aberdeen Harbor, on the southwest side of Hong Kong Island. Mike Ives,, 21 June 2022 Chief among them: retail giant Shein, the world’s third most-valuable startup and the dominant fast fashion brand in the U.S., occupying 30% of the market. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 20 June 2022 Lightyear takes one small step towards inclusivity, interpreted as one giant leap in the minds of bigots. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of giant


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for giant


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

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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.



Kids Definition of giant (Entry 2 of 2)

: much larger than ordinary : huge

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