mono·​lith | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌlith How to pronounce monolith (audio) \

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 on the Web Private equity is not a monolith; firms have different skill sets and investment theses. Andrew Weinberg, Forbes, "How To Partner With A Private Equity Firm – Start With A Mirror And Patience," 25 Feb. 2021 Like serial killers themselves, their spouses and partners aren’t a monolith. Lydia Wang,, "In A Way, Tell Me Your Secrets Is Based On Countless True Stories," 22 Feb. 2021 Blackness is not a monolith in Icon, and the characters speak to each other across chasms of generation, gender, and life experience. Christian Holub,, "The EW reading guide to Milestone's classic Black superhero comics," 18 Feb. 2021 Hopefully, its discovery won’t trigger the arrival of hostile high-tech aliens, but there’s a giant silver monolith in Utah’s red-rock desert. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Is this the laptop bubble?," 25 Nov. 2020 The monolith’s mysterious appearance amid the rocky desert sparked excitement among the hominids who circled it, intrigued and perplexed. Washington Post, "A mysterious metal monolith was found in a remote part of Utah. Um, so who put it there?," 24 Nov. 2020 Her father took her and her sister fishing at a lake in Stone Mountain Park, in the monolith’s shadow, just past the historic covered bridge constructed by prominent Black businessman Washington W. King. Sonam Vashi, National Geographic, "What role do tourists play in the future of Confederate monuments?," 16 Oct. 2020 There’s something kind of unsettling about an entertainment monolith demanding such fierce loyalty of fans across all media. Judy Berman, Time, "WandaVision Deserves the Hype. But It Penalizes Casual Marvel Viewers With Confusion," 14 Jan. 2021 KPRC 2's Ana Gonzalez reports that a monolith not unlike those found around the world from Utah to Romania to Austin has appeared in the Heights. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Houston just got its own budget 2020 monolith," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of monolith

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monolith

French monolithe, from monolithe consisting of a single stone, from Latin monolithus, from Greek monolithos, from mon- + lithos stone

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“Monolith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of monolith

: 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
often disapproving : a very large and powerful organization that acts as a single unit

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