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

Examples of granite in a Sentence

had the granite to see the project out to the end
Recent Examples on the Web Upgraded granite countertops surround a double sink. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.18M Grosse Pointe mansion is original down to its fridge that takes up a wall," 18 Jan. 2020 The adjacent kitchen provides wood-look plank ceramic tile flooring, granite countertops, a mosaic tile backsplash and walk-in pantry. Dallas News, "Robbie Hale Homes design showcased in Royse City community," 12 Jan. 2020 This would take a sizable bit of demolition, new cabinets, granite countertops, tile, fixtures, dividers, four sinks, four toilets, two urinals and a partridge in a pear tree. Lorraine Hart, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: A Christmas remodeling miracle," 21 Dec. 2019 And the kitchen, updated by a previous owner, had dated granite countertops and a large column that interrupted the flow of the room. New York Times, "Follow Every Step of a Major Midcentury Modern Renovation," 20 Dec. 2019 The kitchen comes with top-of-the-line appliances and two islands with granite countertops. Mackenzie Shuman, azcentral, "Posh Places: $3.5 million Gold Canyon home with up-close view of Superstitions," 14 Dec. 2019 Entertain guests in the spacious living area or cook a meal in the gourmet kitchen complete with granite countertops and high-end appliances. Amanda Molitor, The Denver Post, "246 Strawberry Park Court is your ultimate luxury log cabin estate in Beaver Creek," 12 Dec. 2019 Atop the granite stones placed on his body, was a granite column with a paper note attached to mark the site. NBC News, "Skeleton identified as Japanese American artist who left California internment camp," 4 Jan. 2020 City Hall’s regal dome and granite bays are bathed in hues of red and green. John King,, "San Francisco’s skyline has a holiday glow. It’s a global thing," 26 Dec. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Granite.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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