Definition of cromlech in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrämˌlek/ /ˈkrɑmˌlɛk/


  • 1(in Wales) a megalithic tomb consisting of a large flat stone laid on upright ones.

    ‘They were the so called Megalithic People, the builders of dolmens, cromlechs and other monuments over or to their dead.’
    Also called dolmen
    • ‘The stones were not dolmens or cromlechs.’
    • ‘Everywhere you go in Ireland there are standing stones, circles, cromlechs and tumuli.’
    • ‘Her grandfather Thomas Rogers lived at Devil's Den Cottage close to the cromlech at Clatford just west of Marlborough.’
    1. 1.1(in Brittany) a circle of standing stones.


Welsh, from crom, feminine of crwm ‘arched’ + llech ‘flat stone’; cromlech (sense 2 of the noun) is via French from Breton krommlec'h.