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gi·​ant ˈjī-ənt How to pronounce giant (audio)
plural giants
: a legendary humanlike being of great stature and strength
: a living being of great size
: a person of extraordinary powers
: something unusually large or powerful
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
giantlike adjective


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: having extremely large size, proportion, or power

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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The finest such touch involves Christophe, who takes a step of Sasquatch imagination that amounts to a giant leap for Sasquatchkind. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2024 The stern sports a giant beach club with a full arsenal of water toys for guests, while the upper deck is home to a touch-and-go helipad that can facilitate comings and goings at sea. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 Apr. 2024 More specifically, Fink makes two huge factual mistakes and creates one giant confusion in his letter. Randi Weingarten, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2024 The giant species of whale numbers less than 360 and is vulnerable to ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. CBS News, 5 Apr. 2024 But as e-commerce continues to skyrocket in this age of on-demand, having a giant fleet of trucks or cars deliver small packages to people all over the map doesn’t make the most sense anymore. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 The attraction will culminate in a giant Mardi Gras musical celebration. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 When Drake flies in to Miami on his giant, blue private jet, we’re used to seeing the superstar tuck in to fancy places like Prime 112. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 This sleek option that looks like an expensive name-brand version at a fraction of the price measures just 8 inches by 2 inches, which is just enough to hold your phone, keys, and cash — no digging deep into the vast abyss of a giant bag required. Brittany Vanderbill, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2024

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Word History



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

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of giant was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Giant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
gi·​ant ˈjī-ənt How to pronounce giant (audio)
: a very large and strong being of legend
: a person or thing that is very large or powerful


2 of 2 adjective
: much larger or more powerful than ordinary

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