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[guh-lahy-uh th] /gəˈlaɪ əθ/
the giant warrior of the Philistines whom David killed with a stone from a sling. I Sam. 17:48–51.
(usually lowercase) a giant.
(usually lowercase) a very large, powerful, or influential person or thing:
a neighborhood grocery competing against the supermarket goliaths. Unabridged
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  • The stone let loose from David's finger flies crashing into the head of Goliath.

    Among the Forces Henry White Warren
  • Thus the maidens welcomed David when he returned from the slaughter of Goliath.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • Do you think you will be his subjects, or will you kill him when you meet him, as David did Goliath with a sling and stone?

  • The madness of Goliath and, of course, this gentleman Niobe.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • What would David have done had there not been a stony brook between him and Goliath that day?

    Gordon Keith Thomas Nelson Page
British Dictionary definitions for Goliath


(Old Testament) a Philistine giant from Gath who terrorized the Hebrews until he was killed by David with a stone from his sling (I Samuel 17)
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Word Origin and History for Goliath

Late Latin Goliath, from Hebrew Golyath, name of the Philistine giant slain by David [I Sam. xvii].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Goliath in the Bible

great. (1.) A famous giant of Gath, who for forty days openly defied the armies of Israel, but was at length slain by David with a stone from a sling (1 Sam. 17:4). He was probably descended from the Rephaim who found refuge among the Philistines after they were dispersed by the Ammonites (Deut. 2:20, 21). His height was "six cubits and a span," which, taking the cubit at 21 inches, is equal to 10 1/2 feet. David cut off his head (1 Sam. 17:51) and brought it to Jerusalem, while he hung the armour which he took from him in his tent. His sword was preserved at Nob as a religious trophy (21:9). David's victory over Goliath was the turning point in his life. He came into public notice now as the deliverer of Israel and the chief among Saul's men of war (18:5), and the devoted friend of Jonathan. (2.) In 2 Sam. 21:19 there is another giant of the same name mentioned as slain by Elhanan. The staff of his apear "was like a weaver's beam." The Authorized Version interpolates the words "the brother of" from 1 Chr. 20:5, where this giant is called Lahmi.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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