- (in folklore) a being with human form but superhuman size, strength, etc.
- a person or thing of unusually great size, power, importance, etc.; major figure; legend: a giant in her field; an intellectual giant.
- (often initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. any of the Gigantes.
- Mining. monitor(def 12).
- Astronomy. giant star.
- unusually large, great, or strong; gigantic; huge.
- greater or more eminent than others.
Origin of giant
Examples from the Web for giants
Once giants walked this earth, and some of them were Democrats.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Rob Marshall lets a sigh of relief erupt so loud it could be heard by giants in the sky.Rob Marshall Defends ‘Into the Woods’
December 9, 2014
Scans of many of these have been amassed by Vieira on his Facebook page, Stone Builders, Mound Builders and the Giants of Ancient.
Giants are the cornerstone of the myths, legends, and traditions of almost every culture on Earth.
They pointed to a common claim: that at some point in distant history there was a civilization of giants.
The giants upon the hillside were just awakening from their night's sleep.Opera Stories from Wagner
The people in this land were giants, and a giant's daughter found them.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
One was deep in a socialist book, the other in news of the Giants.The Harbor
He admitted this while he walked unresistingly between two of the giants.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
And I am but a scrub-oak in this forest of giants, my Brothers.The Book of Khalid
- a mythical figure of superhuman size and strength, esp in folklore or fairy talesAlso (feminine): giantess (ˈdʒaɪəntɪs)
- a person or thing of exceptional size, reputation, etca giant in nuclear physics
- Greek myth any of the large and powerful offspring of Uranus (sky) and Gaea (earth) who rebelled against the Olympian gods but were defeated in battle
- pathol a person suffering from gigantism
- astronomy See giant star
- mining another word for monitor (def. 8)
- remarkably or supernaturally large
- architect another word for colossal
Word Origin and History for giants
c.1300, from Old French geant, earlier jaiant (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *gagantem (nominative gagas), from Latin gigas "giant," from Greek gigas (genitive gigantos), one of a race of savage beings, sons of Gaia and Uranus, eventually destroyed by the gods, probably from a pre-Greek language. Replaced Old English ent, eoten, also gigant. The Greek word was used in Septuagint to refer to men of great size and strength, hence the expanded use in modern languages. Of very tall persons from 1550s; of persons who have any quality in extraordinary degree, from 1530s.
In þat tyme wer here non hauntes Of no men bot of geauntes. [Wace's Chronicle, c.1330]