[ men-hir ]
/ ˈmɛn hɪr /

noun Archaeology.

an upright monumental stone standing either alone or with others, as in an alignment, found chiefly in Cornwall and Brittany.

Nearby words

  1. mengelberg,
  2. menger,
  3. mengistu haile mariam,
  4. mengzi,
  5. menhaden,
  6. menial,
  7. menially,
  8. menilite,
  9. meninga,
  10. meningeal

Origin of menhir

1830–40; < Breton phrase men hir, equivalent to men stone + hir long Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for menhir


/ (ˈmɛnhɪə) /


a single standing stone, often carved, dating from the middle Bronze Age in the British Isles and from the late Neolithic Age in W Europe

Word Origin for menhir

C19: from Breton men stone + hir long

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Word Origin and History for menhir



"upright monumental stone," 1834, literally "long stone," from French menhir (19c.), from Breton men "stone" + hir "long," from PIE *se-ro-, from root *se- "long, late" (see soiree). Cognate with Welsh maen hir, Cornish medn hir.

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