Meaning of “giant” in the English Dictionary

"giant" in British English

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giantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdʒaɪ.ənt/ us /ˈdʒaɪ.ənt/

giant noun [ C ] (VERY TALL PERSON)

B1 an imaginary creature like a man but extremely tall, strong, and usually very cruel, appearing especially in children's stories

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someone who is taller or larger than usual



uk /ˈdʒaɪ.ənt/ us /ˈdʒaɪ.ənt/

(Definition of “giant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"giant" in American English

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us /ˈdʒɑɪ·ənt/ a person, either real or imaginary, who is extremely large and strong, or a very large or powerful organization:

He was a giant of a man, over six and a half feet tall.
The merger makes them a giant in the publishing business.

giant noun [ C ] (LEADING PERSON)

us /ˈdʒɑɪ·ənt/ a person of great ability, power, or influence:

She was one of the intellectual giants of this century.

giant noun [ C ] (STAR)

earth science /ˈdʒɑɪ·ənt/ a star that is ten to 100 times bigger than the sun, and much brighter

giantadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈdʒɑɪ·ənt/

giant adjective [ not gradable ] (LARGE PERSON/ORGANIZATION/THING)

extremely large, strong, powerful, or important, esp. when compared to similar persons or things:

a giant corporation
a giant-size box of cornflakes
Admitting the problem is a giant (= large and important) step forward in your recovery.

(Definition of “giant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"giant" in Business English

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giantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdʒaɪənt/ us

a very successful and powerful person or organization:


uk /ˈdʒaɪənt/ us

extremely large:

(Definition of “giant” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)