obelisk

noun
obe·​lisk | \ˈä-bə-ˌlisk also ˈō- \

Definition of obelisk 

1 : an upright 4-sided usually monolithic pillar that gradually tapers as it rises and terminates in a pyramid

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Many are still visible in Central Park, unlikely obelisks scored by time. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt takes another significant policy step as controversies swirl," 8 June 2018 The Luxor Obelisk, an ancient Egyptian obelisk mounted in the place in the 1830s, anchors the open space. Melissa Liebling-goldberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Paris Walking Tours," 3 Mar. 2018 Dedicated to the goddess, the obelisk was also an offering for the welfare of the Roman emperor (and Egyptian pharaoh) Domitian. Susan Delson, WSJ, "Blend Like an Egyptian: Multicultural Art, Pharaoh-Style," 22 Mar. 2018 Two towering obelisks in one of its two cemeteries are monuments to the never-say-die spirit of this place. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "St. Denis Fun Fair: I dare you to say this Havertown tradition, now 50, will ever die. | Maria Panaritis," 4 May 2018 After the Hartranft family’s obelisk was vandalized with white paint several years ago, the historical society had to bring in a conservationist. Katie Park, Philly.com, "Amid weeds and toppled tombstones, historic Montgomery County cemetery struggles to rebuild," 11 June 2018 An officer’s white hat appeared at the obelisk’s peak beginning in 1947. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "Herndon Monument Climb: Why crazed Naval Academy freshmen storm a greased obelisk," 21 May 2018 Many are still visible in Central Park, unlikely obelisks scored by time. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt takes another significant policy step as controversies swirl," 8 June 2018 Many are still visible in Central Park, unlikely obelisks scored by time. William J. Broad, New York Times, "How the Ice Age Shaped New York," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of obelisk

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for obelisk

Middle French obelisque, from Latin obeliscus, from Greek obeliskos, from diminutive of obelos

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obelisk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of obelisk

: a tall, four-sided stone column that becomes narrower toward the top and that ends in a point

obelisk

noun
obe·​lisk | \ˈä-bə-ˌlisk, ˈō-\

Kids Definition of obelisk

: a four-sided pillar that becomes narrower toward the top and ends in a pyramid

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