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giant Line breaks: giant
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌɪənt/

Definition of giant in English:


1An imaginary or mythical being of human form but superhuman size.
Example sentences
  • Along the north-west coast of Britain, megalithic sites were commonly associated with mythical giants or were giants turned to stone.
  • They include goblins, vampires, werewolves, giants, trolls, centaurs, and many more.
  • There are stories of mythical fish, giants, time-warped towns, war heroics and bank robberies.
colossus, man mountain, behemoth, Brobdingnagian, mammoth, leviathan, monster, monstrosity, ogre
informal jumbo
1.1An abnormally or extremely tall or large person, animal, or plant.
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  • We hired horses and rode, as Paddy did, between tall forest giants, listening to the jungle buzz and background twitterings.
  • Historic parkland in North Yorkshire is now home to some gentle giants of the animal kingdom - a herd of North American bison.
  • Not even the tallest of giants could climb over it, as the arch was directly connected to the ceiling.
1.2A very large company or organization.
Example sentences
  • In the global South, however, higher risk and lower rates of return mean that the water giants require massive public financing to make privatization work.
  • These companies are stock market giants which can turn huge profits on their products, but they do not face the same outright opposition.
  • There, Chandler concluded that the management of corporate giants had superseded market mechanisms as the defining element of economic activity.
1.3A person of exceptional talent or qualities: a giant among sportsmen
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  • He moved quietly among established giants, even though his own talent outstripped that of nearly everyone he played with or against.
  • Dawson, who died in 1970, was once hailed as a giant among historians and philosophers of history, but is almost forgotten today.
  • The intellectual giants of history may not all have been happy men, but they were all successful men.
2 Astronomy A star of relatively great size and luminosity compared to ordinary stars of the main sequence, and 10-100 times the diameter of the sun.
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  • The new Arae Neptune shares the star with two Jovian giants discovered by Butler and company in 2001.
  • Like all the other identified extra-solar planets, the body found orbiting the star in the constellation Lyra is a giant.


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1Of very great size or force; gigantic: giant multinational corporations a giant meteorite
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  • The workers are showing their determination to force the giant transport firm to give them a decent rise.
  • And I have always been impressed with the immense pride the station's men and women take in the maintenance and efficiency of the giant transport planes.
  • Every giant multinational corporation was a seed once.
substantial, extensive, hefty, bulky, weighty, heavy, gross
informal mega, monster, whopping, whopping great, thumping, thumping great, humongous, jumbo, hulking, bumper, astronomical, astronomic
British informal whacking, whacking great, ginormous
1.1Used in names of very large animals and plants, e.g. giant hogweed, giant tortoise.
Example sentences
  • In the classroom, they explored the life cycle of the giant moth, tadpoles' transformation into frogs, and plant growth.
  • From these reptiles would come some of the greatest creatures in the history of earth; the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the giant sauropods, to name a few.
  • This mixture is based on black salt and asefetida, a resin obtained from the rhizome of the giant fennel plant that has a strong odor of onion and garlic.


Middle English geant (with the first syllable later influenced by Latin gigant-), from Old French, via Latin from Greek gigas, gigant-.



Example sentences
  • Unfortunately, Mike is caught by Dr. Badham, and his assistant Angus, a giantlike man with a child's mind.
  • He describes their thoughts as giantlike and godlike, stressing the manhood he sees in simply thinking rather than doing.
  • I do not know what it was that ailed me, but I was prepared to be alarmed, when of a surety I saw something standing in the hedge, ghastly, giantlike, and with outstretched arms.

Words that rhyme with giant

affiant, Bryant, client, compliant, defiant, pliant, reliant

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