Definition of monadnock in English:


Pronunciation /məˈnadˌnäk/ /məˈnædˌnɑk/


  • An isolated hill or ridge or erosion-resistant rock rising above a peneplain.

    ‘Rising above the flattened Piedmont terrain east and southeast of Atlanta are several large rock masses known as monadnocks.’
    • ‘With Mount Royal on his doorstep, it was only natural that the monadnocks stretching eastward from Montreal across the Saint Lawrence valley would attract his attention.’
    • ‘They may also rise starkly as massive monadnocks that have served as quarries, trash dumps, artistic surfaces, picnic grounds, and mystery sites among casual visitors.’
    • ‘Mount Watatic in Ashburnham, an hour west of Boston, enables you to drive to the summit of the monadnock.’
    • ‘Even as a child I had heard what a monadnock was - a huge lump of rock rising above rolling forests, a big hunk scraped bare but still left after the icecap had gone back.’
    high ground, rising ground, prominence, eminence, elevation, rise, hillock, mound, mount, knoll, hummock, tor, tump, fell, pike, mesa


Late 19th century named after Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire, US.