- 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