obe·​lisk ˈä-bə-ˌlisk How to pronounce obelisk (audio)
 also  ˈō-
: an upright 4-sided usually monolithic pillar that gradually tapers as it rises and terminates in a pyramid

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Examples of obelisk in a Sentence

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Word History


borrowed from Latin obeliscus "four-sided pillar," borrowed from Greek obelískos "skewer, four-sided pillar," diminutive of obelós "spit, four-sided pillar" — more at obelus

First Known Use

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of obelisk was in 1561

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Cite this Entry

“Obelisk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obelisk. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


obe·​lisk ˈäb-ə-ˌlisk How to pronounce obelisk (audio)
: a four-sided pillar that becomes narrower toward the top and ends in a pyramid

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