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[stohn-henj] /ˈstoʊn hɛndʒ/
a prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England, consisting of a large circle of megaliths surrounding a smaller circle and four massive trilithons; dating to late Neolithic and early Bronze Age times (c1700–1200 b.c.) and believed to have been connected with a sun cult or used for astronomical observations.
Origin of Stonehenge
cf. henge Unabridged
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  • Stonehenge was to me even more remarkable, because it is more mysterious.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • But ahead of him he saw a great rough building, rather like Stonehenge.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • So they began; Thrombley, Stonehenge and Parros doing the talking.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • Stonehenge frowned and fidgeted with some papers in front of him.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • And it would also keep him and Stonehenge apart for a while.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • A case occurs to me in the matter of Stonehenge, which I happened to visit yesterday.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • He knew that Stonehenge stands all alone on Salisbury Plain.

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • If he had not owned that he knew that it was the Stonehenge altar stone!

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • They are a piece of stubborn antiquity, compared with which Stonehenge is in its nonage.

    Pearls of Thought Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for Stonehenge


a prehistoric ruin in S England, in Wiltshire on Salisbury Plain: constructed over the period of roughly 3000–1600 bc; one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe; believed to have had religious and astronomical purposes
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Word Origin and History for Stonehenge

early 12c., Stanenges, literally "stone gallows," perhaps so called from fancied resemblance to old-style gallows with two posts, with the second element related to the verb hang. Some antiquarians suggest the notion may be of "supported in the air, that which hangs in the air" (cf. henge-clif for Latin præruptum), in reference to the lintel stones, but the order of the elements and the inflexion is against this. An ancient name for it was the Giant's Dance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Stonehenge in Culture

Stonehenge definition

Ancient circles of large, upright stones that stand alone on a plain in England. There is some controversy about who shaped, carried, and set up these huge stones, which perhaps had religious and astronomical uses. Scholars theorize that Stonehenge was built in three phases beginning in about 2800 b.c. The huge stones are believed to date from 1800 to 1500 b.c.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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