See also: Giant

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EtymologyEdit

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

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

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

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒaɪ.ənt/
    • (dialectal, nonstandard) IPA(key): /ˈdʒaɪnt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪənt
  • Hyphenation: gi‧ant

NounEdit

giant (plural giants)

  1. A mythical human of very great size.
  2. (mythology) Specifically, any of the gigantes, the race of giants in the Greek mythology.
  3. A very tall and large person.
    • 1966, James Workman, The Mad Emperor, Melbourne, Sydney: Scripts, page 65:
      "It's barbarous, Norsus." "It's Rome," said the giant flatly.
  4. A tall species of a particular animal or plant.
  5. (astronomy) A star that is considerably more luminous than a main sequence star of the same temperature (e.g. red giant, blue giant).
  6. (computing) An Ethernet packet that exceeds the medium's maximum packet size of 1,518 bytes.
  7. A very large organisation.
    The retail giant is set to acquire two more struggling high-street chains.
    • 2020 May 20, “J&J to sell baby powder in UK despite stopping US sales”, in BBC[1], London: BBC, retrieved 2020-05-22:
      Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson says it will continue to sell its talc-based Johnson's Baby Powder in the UK and the rest of the world, despite stopping sales in the US and Canada.
  8. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175:
      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. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window [].
  9. jotun

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See also: Thesaurus:giant

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giant (not comparable)

  1. Very large.
    • 2013 July 26, Nick Miroff, “Mexico gets a taste for eating insects …”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 7, page 32:
      The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters …. But the priciest items in the market aren't the armadillo steaks or even the bluefin tuna. That would be the frozen chicatanasgiant winged ants – at around $500 a kilo.

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