Definition of cromlech in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɒmlɛk/


1(In Wales) a megalithic tomb consisting of a large flat stone laid on upright ones; a dolmen.
Example sentences
  • They were the so called Megalithic People, the builders of dolmens, cromlechs and other monuments over or to their dead.
  • The stones were not dolmens or cromlechs.
  • Everywhere you go in Ireland there are standing stones, circles, cromlechs and tumuli.
2(In Brittany) a circle of standing stones.


Welsh, from crom, feminine of crwm 'arched' + llech 'flat stone'; sense 2 is via French from Breton krommlec'h.

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