- 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.
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, 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′