Definition of obelisk in English:

obelisk

Line breaks: ob¦el|isk
Pronunciation: /ˈɒb(ə)lɪsk
 
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noun

1A tapering stone pillar, typically having a square or rectangular cross section, set up as a monument or landmark.
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
column, pillar, needle, shaft, monolith, monument, memorial
1.1A mountain, tree, or other natural object resembling an obelisk in shape.
2 another term for obelus.
More example sentences
  • Scholarly notes are usually signalled by superscript numbers at appropriate points in a text, but such symbols as asterisks and obelisks may be used instead for footnotes.

Origin

mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek obeliskos, diminutive of obelos 'pointed pillar'.

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