Meaning of megalithic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɛɡəˈlɪθɪk/

Translate megalithic into Spanish


  • 1Archaeology
    Relating to or denoting prehistoric monuments made of or containing large stones.

    ‘massive megalithic monuments’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These were found here - as commonly in other megalithic monuments in Ireland and Scotland - a number of stones sculptured with a singular and characteristic design in waving and concentric lines.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Relating to or denoting prehistoric cultures characterized by the erection of monuments made of large stones.
      ‘the resident Megalithic peoples’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Derek, based in Westport, is renowned for his gold and silver pieces inspired by the Megalithic period of Ireland's history.’
      • ‘The publication is full of interesting information and local legends such as the stories surrounding the Giants Grave, a Megalithic Tomb at Kilnaparson reputed to day back to 5,000 BC.’
  • 2Massive or monolithic.

    ‘megalithic corporations’
    • ‘the megalithic prison system’


Mid 19th century from mega-‘large’ + Greek lithos ‘stone’ + -ic.