- an upright monumental stone standing either alone or with others, as in an alignment, found chiefly in Cornwall and Brittany.
- a single standing stone, often carved, dating from the middle Bronze Age in the British Isles and from the late Neolithic Age in W Europe
n.“upright monumental stone,” 1834, literally “long stone,” from French menhir (19c.), from Breton men “stone” + hir “long,” from PIE *se-ro-, from root *se- “long, late” (see soiree). Cognate with Welsh maen hir, Cornish medn hir.