Giant - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdʒaɪənt|  American pronunciation of the word giant
Brit.  |ˈdʒʌɪənt|  British pronunciation of the word giant

noun

- any creature of exceptional size
- a person of exceptional importance and reputation (syn: behemoth, colossus, heavyweight, titan)
- an unusually large enterprise
- a very large person; impressive in size or qualities (syn: heavyweight, hulk, whale)
- someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful (syn: behemoth, colossus, goliath, monster)
- an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fairy tales
- a very bright star of large diameter and low density (relative to the Sun)

adjective

- of great mass; huge and bulky (syn: elephantine, gargantuan, jumbo)

Examples

...the giant sycamore tree that dwarfs our house is almost 250 years old...

Miles Davis, truly one of the giants of jazz

Walton built a retail giant

It requires a giant leap of faith for us to believe that she is telling the truth.

...the fanciful exploits of the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan...

...the media giant decided to compact all of its far-flung operations onto a single site...

a giant that bestrode the river

...the giant squid is one of the ocean's most elusive inhabitants...

... old ladies shrivelling to nothing in a forest of flowers and giant facetious get-well cards ...

I was expecting some giant to emerge, but in came a tiny, immaculate, white-haired man.

...the giant theme park is a magnet for tourists to the area...

...a science fiction story in which radiation metamorphoses people into giant bugs...

...in this age of giant chain stores, any attempt at operating an independent bookstore must be regarded as quixotic...

...the tenable theory that a giant meteor strike set off a chain of events resulting in the demise of the dinosaurs...

...we hung the twisted strips of crepe paper athwart to the floor and ceiling so that they formed giant crosses on all four walls...

Word forms

noun
singular: giant
plural: giants
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