[sip-uh s]

noun, plural cip·pi [sip-ahy, sip-ee] /ˈsɪp aɪ, ˈsɪp i/.

(in classical architecture) a stele.

Origin of cippus

1615–25; < Latin: pillar, gravestone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cippus

Historical Examples of cippus

  • Over the capital is an iron balcony encompassing a cippus, or meta, 32 feet high, supporting a blazing urn of brass gilt.

    Old and New London

    Walter Thornbury

  • A very common form in Greco–Roman times is the cippus , a short column, like an altar.