- a tall, slender, four-sided stone pillar tapering toward its pyramidal top
- dagger (sense )
Origin of obeliskClassical Latin obeliscus from Classical Greek obeliskos, a small spit, obelisk, diminutive of obelos: see obelus
- A tall, four-sided shaft of stone, usually tapered and monolithic, that rises to a pointed pyramidal top.
- The dagger sign (†), used especially as a reference mark. Also called dagger . Also called obelus .
Origin of obeliskLatin obeliscus from Greek obeliskos diminutive of obelos a spit, obelisk
red granite obelisk at
1569. From Middle French obelisque, from Latin obeliscus (“obelisk"), from Ancient Greek á½€Î²ÎµÎ»Î¯ÏƒÎºÎ¿Ï‚ (obeliskos), diminutive of á½€Î²ÎµÎ»ÏŒÏ‚ (obelos, “needle").