monolith

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noun mono·lith \ˈmä-nə-ˌlith\

Definition of monolith

  1. 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. 2 :  a massive structure The 70-story monolith is one of Europe's tallest buildings.

  3. 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

  1. The new office building is a massive steel and concrete monolith.

  2. 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

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MONOLITH Defined for English Language Learners

monolith

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noun mono·lith \ˈmä-nə-ˌlith\

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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