Definition of standing stone in US English:

standing stone


  • another term for menhir
    • ‘Ley lines are alleged alignments of ancient sites or holy places, such as stone circles, standing stones, cairns, and churches.’
    • ‘On our visit to Callanish on Lewis the remarkable collection of almost 50 megalithic standing stones proves to be quite emotional for one passenger, who claims to understand the astral importance of such structures.’
    • ‘Walk along the avenues of standing stones that lead to the henge, and visit the mysterious Silbury Hill.’
    • ‘Surviving monuments in the Kilmartin Valley include a ‘linear cemetery’ of Bronze Age cairns, several standing stones, a stone circle and numerous elaborate rock art panels.’
    • ‘New Stone Age man did leave plenty of traces of his presence, however, in the form of long and round barrows, standing stones and henges, mostly concentrated on the drier uplands of the moors, wolds and Tabular Hills.’
    • ‘Archaeologists have found over 65 tombs, stone circles, passage graves and standing stones.’
    • ‘Ilkley Moor is one of the most significant Neolithic sites in the country with a vast collection of cairns, standing stones, circles and other sacred and ritual sites.’
    • ‘The field site contains over 45 stone circles, passage graves, standing stones and dolmen tombs and has been the focus of excavations for more than twenty years.’
    • ‘There are hundreds of other chambered cairns and standing stones and several stone circles across the islands.’
    • ‘The area around Jard-sur-Mer is deeply historic, and dotted with dolmens and standing stones.’
    • ‘A cromlech is generally a circular arrangement of standing stones, sometimes with a dolmen in the middle.’
    • ‘Many artifacts were shown such as an engraved base of a Celtic Cross and what were described as standing stones and other Druid like stone artifacts.’
    • ‘Some areas in northern France are also known for their megalithic standing stones, called dolmens or menhir.’
    • ‘Far older, yet equally abundant, are the barrows, hillforts, stone circles, camps, standing stones, trackways, and other relics of prehistoric times that have survived for several thousand years.’
    • ‘I grew up in some of the more remote parts of Scotland with undiluted access to history and myth amid standing stones, cairns, tombs and ruins.’
    • ‘However there is a particular interest, he said, in twinning with the stone circle village of Avebury because parts of Malta have their own standing stones, stone circles and ancient temples.’
    • ‘The bleak landscape of the present day contains striking evidence of this period of settlement in the form of more than 150 standing stones, some over 5 m. high.’
    • ‘The likes of the Proleek Dolmen - three standing stones which have been around since 3000 BC - will be examined.’
    • ‘There is a large horizontal stone beneath the standing stone.’
    • ‘From the bonfire they lit four clay lamps and placed them at the four standing stones at the corners of the altar stones.’


standing stone

/ˈstandiNG stōn//ˈstændɪŋ stoʊn/