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.
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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