Definition of giant in English:

giant

Pronunciation /ˈjīənt/ /ˈdʒaɪənt/

noun

  • 1An imaginary or mythical being of human form but superhuman size.

    • ‘Along the north-west coast of Britain, megalithic sites were commonly associated with mythical giants or were giants turned to stone.’
    • ‘They include goblins, vampires, werewolves, giants, trolls, centaurs, and many more.’
    • ‘There are stories of mythical fish, giants, time-warped towns, war heroics and bank robberies.’
    • ‘Myths about giants and oversize human ancestors need not be linked to the finding of Pleistocene mammoth bones.’
    • ‘The film is essentially a myth of power, love, and renunciation, expressed in a dramatic conflict fought out between gods, giants, humans, dwarfs, and other beings.’
    • ‘It is the city and the mob that have created the imaginary lives of giants out of the experience of dwarves.’
    • ‘‘I can imagine that giants would be very self-conscious in a crowd of humans,’ she agrees.’
    • ‘Under his better judgement he proposed the idea to rid the world of rogue creatures like dragons and giants and even trolls that threatened the people living around them.’
    • ‘Leprechauns, trolls, giants, faeries of all kinds.’
    • ‘Dwarves, trolls, giants, and goblins were of a lesser intelligence and did not associate much with humans and faeries.’
    • ‘The travellers conjured up a world of fairies, selkies and giants to give their kids a bit of moral guidance, not to mention a little fun.’
    • ‘Other emblems of the English imagination he identifies are hills and waves, the weather and giants, fairies and monsters.’
    • ‘For all of us know, at least by now, that superheroes can carry giants on their shoulders, and that they never ever lie.’
    • ‘A table, made of a dark wood and engraved with images of giants and trolls and enchanting dragons, loomed as the centerpiece of the room.’
    • ‘Deep in the heart of the countryside, unsuspecting visitors can meet sleeping giants, crawl through giant skulls and get soaked by smiling stones.’
    • ‘The world of science, logic, and technology has killed off the world of dragons, giants, and heroes.’
    • ‘He had defeated giants, trolls, fearsome dragons with his skill and his Holy Sword.’
    • ‘Now all of the time she had been helped by the giant, the giant's parents had treated him as stupid.’
    • ‘Alain was a slayer of giants and dragons, a protector of people.’
    • ‘The narrative is filled with ghosts, vaults, giants, living statues, mysterious appearances, and violent emotions of terror, anguish, and love.’
    colossus, man mountain, behemoth, Brobdingnagian, mammoth, leviathan, monster, monstrosity, ogre
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1An abnormally tall or large person, animal, or plant.
      • ‘We hired horses and rode, as Paddy did, between tall forest giants, listening to the jungle buzz and background twitterings.’
      • ‘Historic parkland in North Yorkshire is now home to some gentle giants of the animal kingdom - a herd of North American bison.’
      • ‘Not even the tallest of giants could climb over it, as the arch was directly connected to the ceiling.’
      • ‘The giants of the plant world, trees are the largest and oldest living things on earth.’
      • ‘Verbascums are well known as tall yellow giants excellent for growing in dry soil at the back of the border.’
      • ‘He was 180 cm tall, a huge giant for his time and for Japanese men.’
      • ‘Gary and Ray were even taller than the half-witted giant, Seth.’
      • ‘He was a tall man, not a giant but tall, and he wore the same uniform as the other men - gray with a matching newsboy cap.’
      • ‘In seventeenth and eighteenth-century Europe, royalty collected the extremely tall and extremely short in the form of court giants or dwarfs.’
      • ‘He is a giant even by the extreme standards of the NBA, where the average height is a healthy 6ft 5in.’
      • ‘At more than seven feet long, the coffin seemed to have been made for someone immensely tall, a giant by mediaeval standards.’
      • ‘Plants range from short groundcovers to 55-foot-tall giants.’
      • ‘Trees are wooden giants, towering over us puny animals.’
      • ‘Plants and saplings fight to dose openings made by fallen giants.’
      • ‘People think the gorilla is a very vicious animal, yet they're gentle giants.’
      • ‘He's not exactly a giant, but he is tall; taller than I am.’
      • ‘Even somebody from lands foreign would have pegged him as a giant: he was unusually tall for a mammalian biped, and more powerful than an elephant.’
      • ‘Mike was a giant of a man, standing over seven feet tall.’
      • ‘At nearly six feet tall, Marcy must appear quite the giant, she speculated.’
      • ‘Alongside these giants were more conventionally sized invertebrates.’
    2. 1.2A very large company or organization.
      • ‘In the global South, however, higher risk and lower rates of return mean that the water giants require massive public financing to make privatization work.’
      • ‘These companies are stock market giants which can turn huge profits on their products, but they do not face the same outright opposition.’
      • ‘There, Chandler concluded that the management of corporate giants had superseded market mechanisms as the defining element of economic activity.’
      • ‘What do these two business giants have in common?’
      • ‘Market manipulation by energy giants produced a power shortage that led to rolling blackouts and rising costs for consumers.’
      • ‘Several international oil giants and oilfield service companies are based in Port Harcourt.’
      • ‘Rampant futurism used to be an integral feature of theme parks, often sponsored by industry giants as a means of promoting their products.’
      • ‘Some observers predict mergers and rationalisation among the industry's smaller companies as the global giants invest massively to expand their production and market share.’
      • ‘Working with a base of small businesses through to corporate giants, Mr Weir said: ‘It's exciting for me to be at the forefront of technology.’’
      • ‘When are they going to shut down the corporations, retail giants and mega-food producers who hire those illegals?’
      • ‘There are a lot of recent examples of corporate giants that didn't manage risk, usually to their detriment.’
      • ‘They are considered something of a sideshow in the struggle of corporate giants for control of markets and influence over the state.’
      • ‘Share investments, such as funds, cover a large risk spectrum, from the small growing companies to national and global giants with well-established businesses.’
      • ‘Dot-com upstarts, telecomm giants, media firms, and consumer-electronics companies are far more aggressive and market savvy.’
      • ‘Even as the economy weakens, the new wine giants use their financial strength to win market share from poorly capitalized French competition.’
      • ‘Obviously, those marketing giants have a head start on successfully convincing the public that their drinks are wholesome and fun to drink.’
      • ‘If consumers are the losers, creditors, including retail giants, banks and mortgage companies, are the clear winners.’
      • ‘It is possible to find funds specialising in everything from small companies to international giants, from UK to Taiwan, and from food production to tin mining.’
      • ‘The top five-year earners also included three tech companies, three drugmakers, and three financial giants.’
      • ‘Financial giants used loss-leading loans to telecom companies as a way of getting investment banking business and fees.’
    3. 1.3A person of exceptional talent or qualities.
      ‘a giant among sportsmen’
      • ‘He moved quietly among established giants, even though his own talent outstripped that of nearly everyone he played with or against.’
      • ‘Dawson, who died in 1970, was once hailed as a giant among historians and philosophers of history, but is almost forgotten today.’
      • ‘The intellectual giants of history may not all have been happy men, but they were all successful men.’
      • ‘It is true that I chair the Church of England's Liturgical Commission, but I am an amateur in these matters, a pygmy among giants.’
      • ‘They have long been among the giants of our profession, and, over the years, they have received a number of accolades that testify to their status.’
      • ‘However, among the current giants, he gets lost in the shuffle.’
      • ‘Those are considered to be among African's soccer giants.’
      • ‘He will be remembered fondly in all of our hearts and praised among the military giants.’
      • ‘Indeed, one is tempted to suggest that they do not even rank among the giants of Icelandic football.’
      • ‘At 27, he's already a giant among local comic artists - and not just because of his large frame and infamously squeaky voice.’
      • ‘He remembered Selina as a freshman, a giant among her peers with amazing speed and foot work… she really was a gifted athlete.’
      • ‘I, too, hold that he was a giant among the great thinkers of mankind.’
      • ‘A predator in every sense of the term, a giant among fast bowlers.’
      • ‘Despite her small stature, she is a giant among concert pianists.’
      • ‘Whatever he was called, there was no doubt that this lightly-built hockey genius was a giant among players.’
      • ‘He is a true giant among chefs, coming over as a genuinely inspirational figure, and to see him in action in his kitchen is pure joy.’
      • ‘He may now be a giant among contemporary composers, but it is a minor miracle that he survived the tumult of central European history.’
      • ‘You are a giant among giants and I appreciate your possessing the courage to put yourself in harm's way for the rest of us.’
      • ‘He was a giant among his peers in the world of science, obtaining three earned doctorates.’
      • ‘On the other hand, it is reassuring to find undisputed giants of human progress like Shakespeare, Newton, Darwin and Brunel up there, too.’
      • ‘The legal world has lost a true intellectual giant.’
  • 2Astronomy
    A star of relatively great size and luminosity compared to ordinary stars of the main sequence, and 10–100 times the diameter of the sun.

    ‘The new Arae Neptune shares the star with two Jovian giants discovered by Butler and company in 2001.’
    ‘Like all the other identified extra-solar planets, the body found orbiting the star in the constellation Lyra is a giant.’

adjective

attributive
  • 1Of very great size or force; gigantic.

    ‘giant multinational corporations’
    ‘a giant meteorite’
    ‘a giant transport plane’
    • ‘The workers are showing their determination to force the giant transport firm to give them a decent rise.’
    • ‘And I have always been impressed with the immense pride the station's men and women take in the maintenance and efficiency of the giant transport planes.’
    • ‘Every giant multinational corporation was a seed once.’
    • ‘They are giant multinational corporations, with their tentacles spread across the globe.’
    • ‘However, such enormous-sounding figures have to be set against the giant size of the American economy.’
    • ‘It allows you to create giant posters from normal size photographs.’
    • ‘Moments later the boats were smashed to smithereens by the force of the giant wave and the boatmen were believed to have perished.’
    • ‘I finished the lot, plus most of a giant chocolate eclair the size of a meatloaf.’
    • ‘Thinking quickly, I bent down and threw him upwards as he flipped right onto the pool table and crashed, the entire bar shaking with a giant force.’
    • ‘On his arrival at the city hall the crowd swamped him, making it difficult for him to get out of the car, but by virtue of his size the giant fighter made his way to the mayor's reception area.’
    • ‘The teams then compete in different games ranging from giant size, inflatable obstacle courses to relay races, all played against the clock.’
    • ‘Matt and Dom took to pillow fighting immediately, positively surprised at the giant size of the pillows that were put on the couches.’
    • ‘During the Pleistocene, herds of giant wombats the size of a rhinoceros roamed the plains of southern Australia.’
    • ‘The pain from her leg, ribs, and back swept over her in one giant wave forcing her to the floor again.’
    • ‘The giant wall sized poster of one outside the museum got my attention, and I finally started to realize what was going on.’
    • ‘And because pensions are a form of deferred wages, Labour is really forcing through a giant wage cut.’
    • ‘With a sudden surge of force, a giant whale soars out from the dark blue water and into the air.’
    • ‘Several drug industry leaders have spoken over the past few years about the need to cut back their giant sales forces.’
    • ‘Six giant multinationals now control virtually all of America's newspapers and television and radio stations.’
    • ‘Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.’
    huge, colossal, massive, enormous, gigantic, very big, very large, great, mammoth, vast, immense, tremendous, mighty, stupendous, monumental, epic, prodigious, mountainous, monstrous, titanic, towering, elephantine, king-sized, king-size, gargantuan, Herculean, Brobdingnagian
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Used in names of very large animals and plants, e.g. giant hogweed, giant tortoise.
      • ‘In the classroom, they explored the life cycle of the giant moth, tadpoles' transformation into frogs, and plant growth.’
      • ‘From these reptiles would come some of the greatest creatures in the history of earth; the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the giant sauropods, to name a few.’
      • ‘This mixture is based on black salt and asefetida, a resin obtained from the rhizome of the giant fennel plant that has a strong odor of onion and garlic.’
      • ‘It also has a magnificent border of giant dahlias, a plant that has been out of fashion for years, but one that gives great value.’

Origin

Middle English geant (with the first syllable later influenced by Latin gigant-), from Old French, via Latin from Greek gigas, gigant-.

Pronunciation

giant

/ˈjīənt/ /ˈdʒaɪənt/