1A stone pillar, typically having a square or rectangular cross section and a pyramidal top, set up as a monument or landmark.
- High above a hill in Oakwood Cemetery at Troy, New York, stands a huge obelisk, a monument to the life of Maj.
- More than one-quarter of Australia's civic memorials are obelisks or columns - traditional cemetery forms.
- The sad truth is that she's barely mentioned in the 3,000 years of effigies and hieroglyphics that cover the towering columns, needle-like obelisks and endless sarcophagi.
pillar, column, needle, shaft, monolith, monument
Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek obeliskos, diminutive of obelos 'pointed pillar'.
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