Alternative forms 
From Ancient Greek γίγας (gigas, “giant”), Middle English geant, from Old French geant, gaiant (Modern French géant) from Vulgar Latin *gagās, gagant-, from Latin gigās, gigant-. Cognate to giga- (“1,000,000,000”).
Replaced native Middle English eten, ettin (from Old English ēoten), Middle English eont (from Old English ent).
Compare Modern English ent (“giant tree”) and Old English þyrs (“giant, monster, demon”).
- IPA: /ˈdʒaɪ.ənt/
- Rhymes: -aɪənt
- Hyphenation: gi‧ant
giant (plural giants)
- A mythical human of very great size
- (mythology) Specifically, any of the Gigantes, the race of giants in the Greek mythology.
- A very tall person.
- A tall species of a particular animal or plant.
- (astronomy) A star that is considerably more luminous than a main sequence star of the same temperature (eg. red giant, blue giant).
- (computing) An Ethernet packet that exceeds the medium's maximum packet size of 1,518 bytes.
- A very large organisation.
- The retail giant is set to acquire two more struggling high-street chains.
Greek mythological creature
giant (not comparable)
- very large
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