giant

[ jahy-uh nt ]
/ ˈdʒaɪ ənt /

noun

adjective

unusually large, great, or strong; gigantic; huge.
greater or more eminent than others.

Nearby words

  1. giacometti,
  2. giacometti, alberto,
  3. giaever,
  4. giambologna,
  5. giannini,
  6. giant anteater,
  7. giant axonal neuropathy,
  8. giant cane,
  9. giant cell,
  10. giant cell arteritis

Origin of giant

1250–1300; Middle English geant < Old French < Latin gigant- (stem of gigās) < Greek Gígās; replacing Old English gigant < Latin, as above

Related formsgi·ant·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for giant

giant

/ (ˈdʒaɪənt) /

noun

adjective

remarkably or supernaturally large
architect another word for colossal
Derived Formsgiant-like, adjective

Word Origin for giant

C13: from Old French geant, from Vulgar Latin gagās (unattested), from Latin gigās, gigant-, from Greek

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Word Origin and History for giant

giant

n.

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]
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