giant

See also: Giant

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From Ancient Greek γίγας (gigas, giant), Middle English geant, from Old French geant, gaiant (Modern French géant) from Vulgar Latin *gagās, gagant-, from Latin gigās, gigant-. Cognate to giga- (1,000,000,000).

Replaced native Middle English eten, ettin (from Old English ēoten), Middle English eont (from Old English ent).

Compare Modern English ent (giant tree) and Old English þyrs (giant, monster, demon).

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===Noun===poepvlek# A very large organisation.

  1. The retail giant is set to acquire two more struggling high-street chains.
  2. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, chapter 1, The Amateur Poacher:
      But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder.

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giant (not comparable)

  1. very large

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