[ mon-uh-lith ]
/ ˈmɒn ə lɪθ /


an obelisk, column, large statue, etc., formed of a single block of stone.
a single block or piece of stone of considerable size, especially when used in architecture or sculpture.
something having a uniform, massive, redoubtable, or inflexible quality or character.

Nearby words

  1. monolater,
  2. monolatry,
  3. monolayer,
  4. monoline insurer,
  5. monolingual,
  6. monolithic,
  7. monolocular,
  8. monologic,
  9. monologue,
  10. monology

Origin of monolith

1820–30; < Latin monolithus < Greek monólithos made of one stone. See mono-, -lith

Related formsmon·o·lith·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monolith


/ (ˈmɒnəlɪθ) /


a large block of stone or anything that resembles one in appearance, intractability, etc
a statue, obelisk, column, etc, cut from one block of stone
a large hollow foundation piece sunk as a caisson and having a number of compartments that are filled with concrete when it has reached its correct position

Word Origin for monolith

C19: via French from Greek monolithos made from a single stone

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Word Origin and History for monolith



"column consisting of a single large block of stone," 1848, from French monolithe (16c.), from Latin monolithus (adj.) "consisting of a single stone," from Greek monolithos "made of one stone," from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + lithos "stone." Transferred and figurative use is from 1934.

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