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 The comments about the three-sided metal monolith were obtained by Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 While no presidential administration is a monolith, today's clemencies show there is support for reform within team Biden. Van Jones And Janos Marton, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 The Asian diaspora is not a monolith, but so often we get portrayed as all look same, all act same, all are same -- perceived as perpetual foreigners, perpetual aliens. Vanessa Hua, CNN, 16 Mar. 2022 Internet users joked that the monolith was placed by aliens, given its likeness to the Monolith featured in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, 29 Nov. 2020 Reports that the monolith is gone were posted on social media sites on Saturday. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Nov. 2020 An unexplained metal monolith was discovered in Utah's Red Rock Country, the Utah Department of Public Safety announced Monday. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2020 Plus-size women aren’t a monolith, and Kelly stresses the importance of offering a variety of products to fit different needs. Jennifer Davis-flynn, Outside Online, 16 Mar. 2022 Rural America is not a monolith, and its future will be increasingly diverse. Jennifer Sirangelo, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 25 May. 2022.

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