Definition of monolith
1 : a single great stone often in the form of an obelisk or column A granite monolith stands at the center of the park.
2 : a massive structure The 70-story monolith is one of Europe's tallest buildings.
3 : an organized whole that acts as a single unified powerful or influential force The movie company grew into a monolith of the entertainment industry.
Examples of monolith in a Sentence
The new office building is a massive steel and concrete monolith.
The media monolith owns a number of networks.
Recent Examples of monolith from the Web
Hundreds of Australian Aboriginal leaders gathered on Friday at Uluru, a massive sandstone monolith in Australia’s central desert, to call for a road map to a treaty and to enshrine an indigenous representative body in the Constitution.
And how long before most of them get absorbed by a monolith, or try to become one themselves?
The rules themselves date back to the early 20th century when General Motors and Ford were monoliths and dealers were actually powerless.
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Origin and Etymology of monolith
French monolithe, from monolithe consisting of a single stone, from Latin monolithus, from Greek monolithos, from mon- + lithos stone
First Known Use: 1836
MONOLITH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of monolith for English Language Learners
: 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
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