an amiable giant and king, noted for his enormous capacity for food and drink, in Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel.
(italics) a satirical novel (1534) by Rabelais.

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  • At this conjuncture of affairs, who but is reminded of the youth and the education of Gargantua?


    Andrew Lang

  • Gargantua, a man of fifty-five, is introduced to Eudemon, a boy of twelve.

  • A prominent character in Gargantua and Pantagruel by Rabelais.

  • He was a descendant of Esau on his father's side, and of Gargantua on his mother's.

    The Days of Chivalry

    Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine

  • One of these cliffs, from its size and shape, is called the Chair of Gargantua.


    G. E. Mitton

British Dictionary definitions for gargantua



a gigantic king noted for his great capacity for food and drink, in Rabelais' satire Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534)
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