Definition of megalithic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmeɡəˈliTHik/


1Relating to or denoting prehistoric monuments made of or containing megaliths.
Example sentences
  • During the second excavation campaign, we excavated another megalithic monument in the Knocknarea Peninsula: a court tomb at Primrose Grange, some 2km southwest of Carrowmore.
  • The truth of Stonehenge is that three different cultures contributed to this megalithic monument.
  • The megalithic monuments of Malta have been known since the last century, and they used to be grouped with the other megalithic monuments of Europe, such as the passage graves of the Atlantic seaboard, or Stonehenge and Avebury in Britain.
1.1 (often Megalithic) Relating to or denoting prehistoric cultures characterized by the erection of megalithic monuments.
Example sentences
  • Added to that the routes would destroy an area of natural beauty as well as pass through areas of historical and archaeological interest, particularly a concentration of Neolithic and Megalithic sites.
  • The Giant's Grave, a Megalithic tomb which up until now has been almost impossible to find, will add to the tourist attractions of the Slieve Bloom.
  • By late afternoon a short rest was taken on the site of a Megalithic burial ground, referred to by locals as The Giants Graveyard or The Graves.
2(Of an organization or system) massive or monolithic: since June, the committee has become megalithic
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  • This megalithic log cabin is a frontier masterpiece: a massive spa hotel faithfully designed along the lines of the old frontier lodges.
  • The walls are megalithic, if not in some cases monumental, in form; they are also consistent in construction technique across the site and synchronous in date.
  • His body lies beneath the vast funerary monument shaped by Jacob Epstein, but not even its megalithic weight can keep the spirit of Oscar Wilde earthbound.


Mid 19th century: from mega- 'large' + Greek lithos 'stone' + -ic.

Words that rhyme with megalithic

Eolithic, Mesolithic, monolithic, mythic, neolithic, Palaeolithic (US Paleolithic)

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Syllabification: meg·a·lith·ic

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