mono·​lith ˈmä-nə-ˌlith How to pronounce monolith (audio)
: a single great stone often in the form of an obelisk or column
A granite monolith stands at the center of the park.
: a massive structure
The 70-story monolith is one of Europe's tallest buildings.
: 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.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of monolith was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Monolith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


mono·​lith ˈmän-ᵊl-ˌith How to pronounce monolith (audio)
: a single great stone often in the form of a monument or column
: something large and powerful (as a political organization) that is thought to function as a unified whole

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