Pieces of different colored granite.
The definition of granite is a hard light-colored igneous rock used for building and monuments.
An example of granite is the rock frequently used in a home's kitchen counters.
a very hard, coarsegrained, gray to pink, intrusive igneous rock, composed mainly of feldspar, quartz, mica, and hornblende
Origin of graniteItalian granito, granite, literally , grained from past participle of granire, to reduce to grains from grano from Classical Latin granum, a seed, grain
- A common, coarse-grained, light-colored, hard igneous rock consisting chiefly of quartz, orthoclase or microcline, and mica, used in monuments and for building.
- Unyielding endurance; steadfastness: a will of granite.
Origin of graniteItalian granito from past participle of granire to make grainy from grano grain from Latin grānum ; see g&rlowring;ə-no- in Indo-European roots.
- gra·nit′ic gran′it·oid′