gran·​ite ˈgra-nət How to pronounce granite (audio)
: a very hard natural igneous rock formation of visibly crystalline texture formed essentially of quartz and orthoclase or microcline and used especially for building and for monuments
: unyielding firmness or endurance
the cold granite of Puritan formalismV. L. Parrington
granitelike adjective
granitic adjective
granitoid adjective

Examples of granite in a Sentence

had the granite to see the project out to the end
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Word History


Italian granito, from past participle of granire to granulate, from grano grain, from Latin granum

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of granite was in 1646

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“Granite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


gran·​ite ˈgran-ət How to pronounce granite (audio)
: a very hard rock that can be polished and is used in buildings and monuments
: unyielding firmness (as of character, will, or opinion)

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