giant

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From Ancient Greek γίγας ‎(gígas, 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).

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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.
    The retail giant is set to acquire two more struggling high-street chains.
  8. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
      But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window [].

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giant ‎(not comparable)

  1. Very large.
    • 2013 July 26, Nick Miroff, “Mexico gets a taste for eating insects […]”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 7, page 32: 
      The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters […]. But the priciest items in the market aren't the armadillo steaks or even the bluefin tuna. That would be the frozen chicatanasgiant winged ants – at around $500 a kilo.

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