gran·​ite | \ ˈgra-nət How to pronounce granite (audio) \

Definition of granite

1 : 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
2 : unyielding firmness or endurance the cold granite of Puritan formalism— V. L. Parrington

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Other Words from granite

granitelike \ ˈgra-​nət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce granite (audio) \ adjective
granitic \ gra-​ˈni-​tik How to pronounce granite (audio) \ adjective
granitoid \ ˈgra-​nə-​ˌtȯid How to pronounce granite (audio) \ adjective

Examples of granite in a Sentence

had the granite to see the project out to the end
Recent Examples on the Web The kitchen – equipped with granite countertops, alder wood cabinets, dual refrigerators and freezers, an ice maker and a walk-in pantry – is open to a breakfast nook with built-ins and a fireplace topped by a pizza oven and the family room. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents estate on Gleneagles Queen Course," 27 Feb. 2021 The five-room condo has two bathrooms; 15-foot-high, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout; a primary bedroom with an en suite bathroom outfitted with a double vanity; and a kitchen with granite countertops, tall cabinetry and a new refrigerator. Bob Goldsborough,, "ABC 7 reporter Eric Horng lists Near North Side condo for $364,000," 24 Feb. 2021 The home of the 42-year-old tech worker is also spacious for a one-bedroom, featuring hardwood floors, new appliances and granite countertops. Los Angeles Times, "Cheaper rent in San Francisco? For some Oakland tenants, the city across the Bay is more affordable now," 22 Feb. 2021 The Slidell event, which included placing a wreath at the granite monument installed in Alfred's memory, was sponsored by The Ministerial Alliance of Greater St. Tammany., "The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: Remember and Revere," 24 Jan. 2021 The kitchen is open to the family room and is equipped with an island with a prep sink, granite countertop, upscale appliances including a six-burner Wolf gas range with griddle and a pot filler. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents 2-acre estate in Frisco," 6 Feb. 2021 The two granite sculptures are meant to evoke the sotol plant, which is native to the area. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Take a public art tour of San Antonio's North Side parks, libraries and more," 2 Feb. 2021 The jagged granite peaks of Arizona’s Tinajas Altas Mountains, reminiscent of the Iron Throne in the television series Game of Thrones, are almost insurmountable to humans. April Reese, Scientific American, "Some Ecological Damage from Trump’s Rushed Border Wall Could Be Repaired," 25 Jan. 2021 The nine-foot-tall, 1,000-pound bronze statue sits on a solid granite base about three feet tall. Blake Bacho, Detroit Free Press, "Commissioner: Monroe statue not going anywhere," 29 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of granite

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for granite

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

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The first known use of granite was in 1646

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4 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Granite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of granite

: a very hard type of rock that is used in buildings and monuments


gran·​ite | \ ˈgra-nət How to pronounce granite (audio) \

Kids Definition of granite

: a very hard rock that is used for buildings and for monuments

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