- The definition of a monolith is a large upright stone column or monument, or a large building without character, or a large corporation considered to be solid, uniform or imposing.
- An example of a monolith is a huge column that has been carved and placed in front of a building as a monument to the CEO of the business located in the building.
- An example of a monolith is a huge skyscraper with no architectural features or characteristics.
- An example of a monolith is a huge and imposing corporate interest that seems as if it is a monopoly with fixed prices and bad service.
monolith definition by Webster's New World
- a single large block or piece of stone, as in architecture or sculpture
- something made of a single block of stone, as an obelisk
- something like a monolith in size, unity of structure or purpose, unyielding quality
Origin: French monolithe ; from Classical Latin monolithus ; from Classical Greek monolithos, made of one stone ; from monos, single (see mono-) plush lithos, stone
monolith definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A large block of stone, especially one used in architecture or sculpture.
- Something, such as a column or monument, made from one large block of stone.
- Something suggestive of a large block of stone, as in immovability, massiveness, or uniformity.
Origin: French monolithe, from Greek monolithos, consisting of a single stone : mono-, mono- + lithos, stone.