obelisk

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noun obe·lisk \ˈä-bə-ˌlisk also ˈō-\

Definition of obelisk

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

  2. 2a :  obelusb :  dagger 2b

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Origin and Etymology of obelisk

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

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OBELISK Defined for English Language Learners

obelisk

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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

obelisk

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noun obe·lisk \ˈä-bə-ˌlisk, ˈō-\

Definition of obelisk for Students

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



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