[ henj ]
/ hɛndʒ /

noun Archaeology.

a Neolithic monument of the British Isles, consisting of a circular area enclosed by a bank and ditch and often containing additional features including one or more circles of upright stone or wood pillars: probably used for ritual purposes or for marking astronomical events, as solstices and equinoxes.

Nearby words

  1. hendrix,
  2. hendrix, jimi,
  3. hendry,
  4. henequen,
  5. hengchow,
  6. hengelo,
  7. hengist,
  8. hengyang,
  9. henhouse,
  10. henie

Origin of henge

1730–40; back formation from Stonehenge, Middle English Stanenges, Stanheng, equivalent to stan stone + -heng, probably orig. “something hanging”; cf. hinge

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British Dictionary definitions for henge


/ (hɛndʒ) /


a circular area, often containing a circle of stones or sometimes wooden posts, dating from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages

Word Origin for henge

back formation from Stonehenge

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Word Origin and History for henge



1740, noted as a Yorkshire word for structures such as Stonehenge.

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