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Definition giant


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”) and Old English þyrs (“giant, monster, demon”).


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 person.
  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.
  8. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.
  9. jotun


giant (not comparable)

  1. Very large.

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