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obelisk

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noun obe·lisk \ˈä-bə-ˌlisk also ˈō-\

Simple Definition of obelisk

  • : a tall, four-sided stone column that becomes narrower toward the top and that ends in a point

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of obelisk

  1. 1 :  an upright 4-sided usually monolithic pillar that gradually tapers as it rises and terminates in a pyramid

  2. 2 a :  obelus b :  dagger 2b

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Origin and Etymology of obelisk

Middle French obelisque, from Latin obeliscus, from Greek obeliskos, from diminutive of obelos


First Known Use: 1569

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obelisk

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noun obe·lisk \ˈä-bə-ˌlisk, ˈō-\

Definition of obelisk for Students

  1. :  a four-sided pillar that becomes narrower toward the top and ends in a pyramid




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