lith·​ic | \ ˈli-thik How to pronounce lithic (audio) \

Definition of lithic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : of, relating to, or being a stone tool

Definition of -lithic (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or characteristic of a (specified) stage in humankind's use of stone as a cultural tool Neolithic

Examples of lithic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But the excavation site where the gum was found offers up a different story, featuring lithic technology brought to Scandinavia from the East European Plain, or modern day Russia. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Turns Out You Can Learn a Lot from 10,000-Year-Old Chewing Gum," 16 May 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lithic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of lithic


1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lithic


Greek lithikos, from lithos

Adjective combining form


Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lithic

Statistics for lithic

Last Updated

25 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lithic

The first known use of lithic was in 1797

See more words from the same year

Comments on lithic

What made you want to look up lithic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to form ideas or theories about something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!