Definition of obelisk in English:


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


  • 1A tapering stone pillar, typically having a square or rectangular cross section, set up as a monument or landmark.
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    • 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.
    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.
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    • 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.


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

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