[trahy-lith-on, trahy-luh-thon]


a prehistoric structure consisting of two upright stones supporting a horizontal stone.

Also tri·lith [trahy-lith] /ˈtraɪ lɪθ/.

Origin of trilithon

1730–40; < Greek trílithon, neuter of trílithos having three stones. See tri-, -lith Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trilithon

Historical Examples of trilithon

  • There is a rude circle of menhirs at the site, with a trilithon or dolmen on one side.


    Claude Reignier Conder

  • He took the boy across to the trilithon, and made him kneel down.

  • One upright of the great Trilithon (raised and made secure in 1901) is erect.


    Frank Stevens

  • Those next to the great Trilithon on the north-west, fell on January 3rd, 1797.


    Frank Stevens

  • He then went a second time to the hollow behind the trilithon, remaining there nearly a quarter of an hour.

British Dictionary definitions for trilithon


trilith (ˈtraɪlɪθ)


a structure consisting of two upright stones with a third placed across the top, such as those of Stonehenge
Derived Formstrilithic (traɪˈlɪθɪk), adjective

Word Origin for trilithon

C18: from Greek; see tri-, -lith
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