Simple Definition of monolith
: a very large stone that is usually tall and narrow; especially : a stone that was put in position by people as a monument or for religious reasons
: a very large building or other structure
: a very large and powerful organization that acts as a single unit
Full Definition of monolith
1 : a single great stone often in the form of an obelisk or column
2 : a massive structure
3 : an organized whole that acts as a single unified powerful or influential force
Examples of monolith
The new office building is a massive steel and concrete monolith.
The media monolith owns a number of networks.
Origin of monolith
French monolithe, from monolithe consisting of a single stone, from Latin monolithus, from Greek monolithos, from mon- + lithos stone
First Known Use: 1844
Rhymes with monolith
batholith, be friends with, come out with, come up with, complete with, coppersmith, dispense with, eolith, fall in with, gastrolith, Granny Smith, have done with, Hindemith, laccolith, make off with, megalith, metalsmith, microlith, neolith, put up with, reckon with, run off with, silversmith, take up with, walk off with, xenolith
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