giant

[jahy-uh nt] /ˈdʒaɪ ənt/
noun
1.
(in folklore) a being with human form but superhuman size, strength, etc.
2.
a person or thing of unusually great size, power, importance, etc.; major figure; legend:
"a giant in her field; an intellectual giant."
3.
(often initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. any of the Gigantes.
4.
Mining. monitor (def 12).
5.
Astronomy, giant star.
adjective
6.
unusually large, great, or strong; gigantic; huge.
7.
greater or more eminent than others.
Origin
1250–1300; Middle English geant < Old French < Latin gigant- (stem of gigās) < Greek Gígās; replacing Old English gigant < Latin, as above
Related forms
giantlike, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for giantest
giant (ˈdʒaɪənt)
 
n
1.  Also (feminine): giantess a mythical figure of superhuman size and strength, esp in folklore or fairy tales
2.  a person or thing of exceptional size, reputation, etc: a giant in nuclear physics
3.  Greek myth any of the large and powerful offspring of Uranus (sky) and Gaea (earth) who rebelled against the Olympian gods but were defeated in battle
4.  pathol a person suffering from gigantism
5.  astronomy See giant star
6.  mining another word for monitor
 
adj
7.  remarkably or supernaturally large
8.  architect another word for colossal
 
[C13: from Old French geant, from Vulgar Latin gagās (unattested), from Latin gigās, gigant-, from Greek]
 
'giant-like
 
adj

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Word Origin and History for giantest
giant
c.1300, from O.Fr. geant, from V.L. *gagantem (nom. gagas), from L. gigas "giant," from Gk. gigas (gen. gigantos), one of a race of savage beings, sons of Gaia and Uranus, eventually destroyed by the gods, probably from a pre-Gk. language. Replaced O.E. ent, eoten. The Gk. word was used in Septuagint to refer to men of great size and strength, hence the expanded use in modern languages. Gigantic (1610s) replaced earlier gigantine.
"In þat tyme wer here non hauntes Of no men bot of geauntes." [Wace's Chronicle, c.1330]
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