Definition of megalith in English:

megalith

noun

Archaeology
  • A large stone that forms a prehistoric monument (e.g. a standing stone) or part of one (e.g. a stone circle)

    ‘a smaller circle of some forty ancient megaliths’
    • ‘The potential significance of Nabta as a ceremonial site was further strengthened by the discovery of an arrangement of stone megaliths (large free standing stones) on the western edge of the Nabta basin.’
    • ‘The terraced square of rough stone blocks follows the terrain, suggesting an odd reminiscence of prehistoric megaliths.’
    • ‘The dry summer led to exceptional definition of buried megaliths, so that orientations and dimensions could be seen.’
    • ‘I had heard that the megaliths at Stonehenge could be seen from a great distance and one would be overwhelmed as one approached closer.’
    • ‘Their simple round-based pottery has sometimes given them the name ‘bowl cultures’, but they are better known for the construction of monumental tombs out of large boulders or megaliths.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: back-formation from megalithic.

Pronunciation

megalith

/ˈmɛɡəlɪθ/