- 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 gagās gagant- from Latin gigās 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.