- Giant is defined as of great size, strength or mind.
An example of something giant is an ice cream sundae with 10 scoops of ice cream and six toppings.
- The definition of a giant is a huge human being who fought with the gods in Greek mythology, or any great-sized or great-minded person.
An example of a giant is Goliath in the story of "David and Goliath."
- Gr. Myth. any of a race of huge beings of human form who war with the gods
- any imaginary being of human form but of superhuman size and strength
- a person or thing of great size, intellect, etc.
Origin of giantMiddle English geant ; from Norman French gaiant (OFr jaiant) ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form gagante ; from Classical Latin gigas (pl. gigantes), huge fabled beings (in Vulgate , giant) ; from Classical Greek gigas (gen. gigantos), in LXX, a man of great size and strength
- a. A person or thing of great size.b. A person or thing of extraordinary power, significance, or importance: a giant in the field of physics; automotive industry giants.
- a. Greek Mythology One of a race of humanlike beings of enormous strength and stature who were destroyed in battle with the Olympians.b. A being in folklore or myth similar to one of these beings.
- A gymnastic maneuver in which the body is swung, fully extended, around a horizontal bar.
Origin of giantMiddle English, from Old French geant, jaiant, from Vulgar Latin *gagas, gagant-, from Latin gigas, from Greek.
- A mythical human of very great size
- (mythology) Specifically, any of the Gigantes, the race of giants in the Greek mythology.
- A very tall person.
- A tall species of a particular animal or plant.
- (astronomy) A star that is considerably more luminous than a main sequence star of the same temperature (eg. red giant, blue giant).
- (computing) An Ethernet packet that exceeds the medium's maximum packet size of 1,518 bytes.
- A very large organisation.
- The retail giant is set to acquire two more struggling high-street chains.
- A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.
- very large
From Ancient Greek γίγας (gigas, “giant”), Middle English geant, from Old French geant, gaiant (Modern French géant) from Vulgar Latin *gagās, gagant-, from Latin gigās, gigant-. Cognate to giga- (“1,000,000,000”).
Replaced native Middle English eten, ettin (from Old English ēoten), Middle English eont (from Old English ent).
Compare Modern English ent (“giant tree”) and Old English þyrs (“giant, monster, demon”).
- (baseball) A player on the team the San Francisco Giants.
- (American football) A player on the team the New York Giants.