- 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.
Pieces of different colored granite.
Origin of graniteItalian granito, granite, literally , grained, 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;&schwa;-no- in Indo-European roots.
- gra·nit′ic , gran′it·oid′
- A group of igneous and plutonic rocks composed primarily of feldspar and quartz. Usually contains one or more dark minerals, which may be mica, pyroxene, or amphibole. Granite is quarried for building stone, road gravel, decorative stone, and tombstones. Common colors are gray, white, pink, and yellow-brown.
- (uncountable, figuratively) Toughness; the quality of having a thick skin or being rough.