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[henj] /hɛndʒ/
noun, Archaeology
a Neolithic monument of the British Isles, consisting of a circular area enclosed by a bank and ditch and often containing additional features including one or more circles of upright stone or wood pillars: probably used for ritual purposes or for marking astronomical events, as solstices and equinoxes.
Origin of henge
1730-40; back formation from Stonehenge, Middle English Stanenges, Stanheng, equivalent to stan stone + -heng, probably orig. “something hanging”; cf. hinge Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for henge


a circular area, often containing a circle of stones or sometimes wooden posts, dating from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages
Word Origin
back formation from Stonehenge
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Contemporary definitions for henge

a prehistoric circular area with standing stone or wooden pillars and often enclosed by a bank or ditch, possibly used for rituals; also called henge monument


Henge mainly pertains to a Neolithic monument of the British Isles.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for henge

1740, noted as a Yorkshire word for structures such as Stonehenge.

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