Share this entry
Manhattanhenge Syllabification: Man·hat·tan·henge
Pronunciation: /ˌmanˌhatnˈhenj/ /mən-/

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of Manhattanhenge in English:


A phenomenon occurring just before and after the summer solstice, in which the sun sets in alignment with the streets that run east to west on Manhattan’s street grid: this year’s first opportunity for seeing Manhattanhenge’s glory came Tuesday night
More example sentences
  • The event has been dubbed "Manhattanhenge" for the way it turns New York City into a Stonehenge-like sun dial.
  • Photographers aim their cameras as the sun sets through the buildings on 42nd Street in Manhattan during a phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge.
  • Tonight's showing of New York's hometown celestial alignment, known as Manhattanhenge, was a spectacular success that more than made up for the washout in May.


Early 21st century: blend of Manhattan and Stonehenge.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources