What does giant mean?

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ˈdʒaɪ əntgi·ant

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word giant.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. giantnoun

    any creature of exceptional size

  2. colossus, behemoth, giant, heavyweight, titannoun

    a person of exceptional importance and reputation

  3. giantnoun

    an unusually large enterprise

    "Walton built a retail giant"

  4. giant, hulk, heavyweight, whalenoun

    a very large person; impressive in size or qualities

  5. giant, goliath, behemoth, monster, colossusnoun

    someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful

  6. giantnoun

    an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fairy tales

  7. giant star, giantadjective

    a very bright star of large diameter and low density (relative to the Sun)

  8. elephantine, gargantuan, giant, jumboadjective

    of great mass; huge and bulky

    "a jumbo jet"; "jumbo shrimp"


  1. giantnoun

    A mythical human of very great size

  2. giantnoun

    Specifically, any of the Gigantes, the race of giants in the Greek mythology.

  3. giantnoun

    A very tall person.

  4. giantnoun

    A tall species of a particular animal or plant.

  5. giantnoun

    A star that is considerably more luminous than a main sequence star of the same temperature (eg. red giant, blue giant).

  6. giantnoun

    An Ethernet packet that exceeds the medium's maximum packet size of 1,518 bytes.

  7. giantnoun

    A very large organisation.

    The retail giant is set to acquire two more struggling high-street chains.

  8. giantadjective

    Very large.

  9. Giantnoun

    A player on the team the San Francisco Giants.

  10. Giantnoun

    A player on the team the New York Giants.

  11. Etymology: From γίγας, geant, from geant, gaiant (Modern géant) from *,, from gigas, gigant-. Cognate to giga-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GIANTnoun

    A man of size above the ordinary rate of men; a man unnaturally large. It is observable, that the idea of a giant is always associated with pride, brutality, and wickedness.

    Etymology: geant, French; gigas, Latin.

    Now does he feel his axle
    Hang loose about him, like a giant ’s robe
    Upon a dwarfish thief. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Gates of monarchs
    Are arch’d so high that giants may jet through,
    And keep their impious turbands on, without
    Good-morrow to the sun. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Woman’s gentle brain
    Could not drop forth such giant rude invention;
    Such Ethiop words. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Fierce faces threat’ning wars,
    Giants of mighty bone, and bold emprise! John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    Those giants, those mighty men, and men of renown, far exceeded the proportion, nature, and strength of those giants remembered by Moses of his own time. Walter Raleigh, History.

    The giant brothers, in their camp, have found
    I was not forc’d with ease to quit my ground. John Dryden, Æn.

    By weary steps and slow
    The groping giant with a trunk of pine
    Explor’d his way. Addison.

    Neptune, by pray’r repentant, rarely won,
    Afflicts the chief t’ avenge his giant son,
    Great Polypheme, of more than mortal might. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Giantnoun

    a man of extraordinari bulk and stature

  2. Giantnoun

    a person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual

  3. Giantnoun

    any animal, plant, or thing, of extraordinary size or power

  4. Giantadjective

    like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son

  5. Etymology: [OE. giant, geant, geaunt, OF. jaiant, geant, F. gant, L. gigas, fr. Gr. , , from the root of E. gender, genesis. See Gender, and cf. Gigantic.]


  1. Giant

    The mythology and legends of many different cultures include monsters of human appearance but prodigious size and strength. "Giant" is the English word commonly used for such beings, derived from one of the most famed examples: the gigantes of Greek mythology. In various Indo-European mythologies, gigantic peoples are featured as primeval creatures associated with chaos and the wild nature, and they are frequently in conflict with the gods, be they Olympian, Nartian, Hindu or Norse. There are also accounts of giants in the Old Testament, most famously Goliath. Attributed to them are extraordinary strength and physical proportions. Fairy tales such as Jack the Giant Killer have formed our modern perception of giants as stupid and violent monsters, sometimes said to eat humans, especially children. The ogre in Jack and the Beanstalk is often described as a giant. However, in some more recent portrayals, like those of Roald Dahl, some giants are both intelligent and friendly, as in Gulliver's Travels.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Giant

    jī′ant, n. an individual whose stature and bulk exceed those of his species or race generally: a person of extraordinary powers:—fem. Gī′antess.adj. gigantic.—ns. Gī′antism, Gī′antship, the quality or character of a giant.—adj. Gī′antly, giant-like.—n. Gī′ant-pow′der, a kind of dynamite.—adj. Gī′ant-rude (Shak.), enormously rude or uncivil.—n. Gī′antry, giants collectively. [O. Fr. geant (Fr. géant)—L.,—Gr. gigas, gigantos.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'giant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4770

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'giant' in Nouns Frequency: #2150

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'giant' in Adjectives Frequency: #655

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of giant in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of giant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of giant in a Sentence

  1. Joshua Blackman:

    This evidence confirms that planets orbiting at a large enough distance can continue to exist after their star's death, given that this system is an analog to our own solar system, it suggests that Jupiter and Saturn might survive the Sun's red giant phase, when it runs out of nuclear fuel and self-destructs.

  2. Daniel Wells:

    As we know firsthand, Amazon's business model too often neglects the well-being of the workers who make the e-commerce giant so incredibly successful.

  3. Adam Collins:

    Miller Coors respects confidential information and takes any contrary allegations seriously, but if the ingredients are a secret, why did they spend tens of millions of dollars telling the entire world what's in Bud Light ? and why are the ingredients printed on Bud Light's packaging in giant letters ?

  4. Samuel Turvey:

    Conservation plans must now be updated to recognize the existence of multiple giant salamander species, and movement of these animals should be prohibited to reduce the risk of disease transfer, competition and genetic hybridization.

  5. Andrew Deutsch:

    In The Lord of the Rings, the bad guy is represented by a giant eye—The Eye of Sauron—and the eye has a beam that sweeps across the land and the characters have to get down to avoid being seen by it.

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