mega·​lith ˈme-gə-ˌlith How to pronounce megalith (audio)
: a very large usually rough stone used in prehistoric cultures as a monument or building block
megalithic adjective

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Examples of megalith in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ancient stone megaliths are perched at the edge of the village that shares their name, on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, part of the Outer Hebrides chain of islands that sits off the northwestern coast of Scotland. Dan Falk, Discover Magazine, 6 Apr. 2024 Logistics may seem like an intimidating industry for some investors – a flailing megalith with its feet still firmly planted in a bygone era. Marianne Lehnis, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 The artist’s inspirations include Japanese, Islamic and pre-Columbian art and architecture, including the roughly 1,000-year-old Toltec megaliths of Mexico’s Tula region. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2023 Given these numbers, are dams in Africa doomed to a future of becoming large, crumbling megaliths towering over landscapes bright with electric lights that find their power elsewhere? IEEE Spectrum, 1 Sep. 2023 That triggered a rush of money into the game: from sponsors, broadcasters and, crucially, the megaliths of the men’s Premier League. Rory Smith, New York Times, 19 Aug. 2023 Mnajdra includes three buildings, and on the summer solstice, the first rays of sun light up the edge of a megalith found to the left of the central doorway connecting the first pair of chambers to the inner chambers. Kristen Pope, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 June 2023 He was brought on by David Zaslav, who took CNN over when the megalith WarnerBrothers Discovery was created in April 2022. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 8 June 2023 The global energy business is a multifaceted megalith, projected to post $4 trillion in profits this year. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of megalith was in 1853

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“Megalith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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