noun Archaeology.

(no longer in technical use) a megalithic chamber tomb.

Origin of cromlech

1595–1605; < Welsh, equivalent to crom bent, curved, crooked (feminine of crwm) + lech, combining form of llech flat stone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cromlech

monolith, boulder

Examples from the Web for cromlech

Historical Examples of cromlech

  • The Celtic dolmen and cromlech, the Etruscan tumulus, the Hebrew galgal, are words.

  • Not unfrequently the entrance to the cromlech is approached by a sort of corridor.

    The Hittites

    A. H. Sayce

  • Gaar wheeled, spurted around them and then around the Cromlech.

    Day of the Druid

    Knut Enferd

  • This cromlech is called, by children in that neighbourhood, ‘Castle Correg.’

    British Goblins

    Wirt Sikes

  • The Cromlech in Howth Park has been supposed to be her sepulchre.

    A Book of Irish Verse

    William Butler Yeats

British Dictionary definitions for cromlech



a circle of prehistoric standing stones
(no longer in technical usage) a megalithic chamber tomb or dolmen

Word Origin for cromlech

C17: from Welsh, from crom, feminine of crwm bent, arched + llech flat stone
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Word Origin and History for cromlech

c.1600, from Welsh, from crom, fem. of crwm "crooked, bent, concave" + llech "(flat) stone." Applied in Wales and Cornwall to what in Brittany is a dolmen; a cromlech there is a circle of standing stones.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper