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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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  • A Goliath o' Gath, wha hath a stroke like untae a weaver's beam.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He has the smooth cheeks o' a wench, an' limbs like Goliath o' Gath.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In the meantime the tiny David had put the great Goliath to flight.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • He took part in the execution of Goliath Steinberg, the German spy.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • In this dialogue, the first speech of Goliath is simple vaunt.

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].

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