Recent Examples of obelisk from the Web
An obelisk at the university, erected by the North Korean authorities and dedicated to Mr. Kim’s grandfather and father, has drawn scorn from outside observers.
Barthelemy's tenure also included the removal of the Liberty Place obelisk from Canal Street in 1989 during a construction project.
The fact that the omniscient narrator spoke of celestial bodies and yet nothing in between those and the inexplicably levitating obelisks was strange.
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Origin and Etymology of obelisk
Middle French obelisque, from Latin obeliscus, from Greek obeliskos, from diminutive of obelos
First Known Use: 1561
OBELISK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obelisk for English Language Learners
: a tall, four-sided stone column that becomes narrower toward the top and that ends in a point
OBELISK Defined for Kids
Definition of obelisk for Students
: a four-sided pillar that becomes narrower toward the top and ends in a pyramid
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