Definition of giant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʒaɪənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒaɪənt//
    Body shape
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  1. 1   (in stories) a very large strong person who is often cruel and stupid see also giantess
  2. 2  an unusually large person, animal or plant He's a giant of a man. See related entries: Body shape
  3. 3a very large and powerful organization the multinational oil giants
  4. 4a person who is very good at something literary giants
  5. Word OriginMiddle English geant (with the first syllable later influenced by Latin gigant-), from Old French, via Latin from Greek gigas, gigant-.Extra examples Camus is considered to be one of the twentieth century’s literary giants. He was a giant of a man, standing nearly seven feet tall. Some people are intimidated by his size, but in fact he’s a gentle giant. The Amazon is a giant among rivers. The company is now one of the giants of the computer industry. The oil giant Esso is planning to set up a new refinery in the port.
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