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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gi"ant
  1. A man of extraordinari bulk and stature." Giants of mighty bone and bold emprise." [Milton.]
  2. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.
  3. Any animal, plant, or thing, of extraordinary size or power.

Etymology: OE. giant geant geaunt, OF. jaiant geant, F. géant, L. gigas, fr. Gr. �, �, from the root of E. gender genesis. See Gender, and cf. Gigantic

adjective Gi"ant
Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any creature of exceptional size
  2. An unusually large enterprise ("Walton built a retail giant")
  3. A very bright star of large diameter and low density (relative to the Sun)
  4. An imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fairy tales
  5. A person of exceptional importance and reputation
  6. Someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
  7. A very large person; impressive in size or qualities
  8. Of great mass; huge and bulky

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”).

Displaced 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”).

  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 is set to acquire two more struggling high-street chains.
  8. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.

Notable Persons Named Giant

Giant was born on July 21st, 1963 in São Paulo. Giant is also known as Paulo César da Silva.


Giant Haystacks was a wrestler. Giant was born on October 10th, 1946 in Camberwell, London, England. He died on November 29th, 1998.


Giant Baba was a wrestler. Giant was born on January 23rd, 1938 in Sanjō, Niigata. He passed away on January 31st, 1999.


Giant Mtyanda is a rugby player. Giant was born on March 19th, 1986 in Port Elizabeth.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Giant

André the Giant was a wrestler. André was born on May 19th, 1946 in Grenoble, France. He breathed his last breath on January 27th, 1993.


The Giant is a fictional character.


Judge Giant is a comics character.


Bill was born on March 2nd, 1930. He breathed his last breath on November 26th, 1987.



Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Giant U.S.
  White 78.33% 64.26%
  African American 15.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Giant

People with the last name Giant are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Giant

  • How Popular is the name Giant? As a last name Giant was the 139,228th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Giant first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Giant is Friday, March 1st, 1895.
  • How unique is the name Giant? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Giant. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Giant: Your name in reverse order is Tnaig. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gtnia. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Giant? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 120 people with the last name Giant.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Giant? Giant is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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