monolith

noun
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

Here was a pianist who fathomed this monolith’s inner workings. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO review: Bronfman and Ax take on Brahms Piano Concertos," 3 Aug. 2019 Although Club Space first opened in 2000, the nightlife monolith has undergone a creative renewal since being purchased by Danese, Kaboomsky and Sinopoli in November 2016. Zach Schlein, Billboard, "Bienvenidos a Miami: Insomniac Events Acquires Ownership Stake in Miami's Club Space," 29 July 2019 But Phish was in the midst of the first of two shows in the Fens, ostensibly home turf for the jam band monolith that was based in Burlington, Vt. Jeremy D. Goodwin, BostonGlobe.com, "At Fenway, Phish rallies after a tentative start," 6 July 2019 This could put the A.I. in control of homes, vehicles, businesses, and more, crafting a terrifying Skynet-style monolith led by the cute and creepy dolls of Kaslan. Rosie Knight, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Child's Play' Sets Up a Sci-Fi Sequel," 22 June 2019 The experience of coming across Norton’s mysterious monoliths in the jungle-like setting is like discovering a new world. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "Picture perfect: 12 South Florida spots that are sure to make you Instagram famous," 9 July 2019 Admittedly, evangelicals have never been a monolith. The Economist, "When American evangelicals fall out," 5 July 2019 Continuing eastward, the trails curve up Tenaya Canyon to legendary Mirror Lake, which reflects Half Dome and other monoliths. James Lange, National Geographic, "A guide to Yosemite National Park," 11 Mar. 2019 Like any group of individuals who happen to share a specific characteristic, amputees and people with limb differences aren’t a monolith. Susie Armitage, SELF, "10 Things Amputees and People With Limb Differences Want You to Know," 1 May 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'monolith.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about monolith

Statistics for monolith

Last Updated

7 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for monolith

The first known use of monolith was in 1836

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for monolith

monolith

noun

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

More from Merriam-Webster on monolith

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with monolith

Spanish Central: Translation of monolith

Nglish: Translation of monolith for Spanish Speakers

Comments on monolith

What made you want to look up monolith? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!