noun obe·lisk \ˈä-bə-ˌlisk also ˈō-\

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

Full Definition of OBELISK

:  an upright 4-sided usually monolithic pillar that gradually tapers as it rises and terminates in a pyramid
a :  obelus
b :  dagger 2b

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Origin of OBELISK

Middle French obelisque, from Latin obeliscus, from Greek obeliskos, from diminutive of obelos
First Known Use: 1569

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth
OBELISK Defined for Kids


noun obe·lisk \ˈä-bə-ˌlisk, ˈō-\

Definition of OBELISK for Kids

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


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