or mas·ta·bah

[ mas-tuh-buh ]
/ ˈmæs tə bə /


an ancient Egyptian tomb made of mud brick, rectangular in plan with sloping sides and a flat roof.
(in Islamic countries) a fixed bench, especially one of stone.

Origin of mastaba

First recorded in 1595–1605, mastaba is from the Arabic word maṣṭabah Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for mastaba



/ (ˈmæstəbə) /


a mudbrick superstructure above tombs in ancient Egypt from which the pyramid developed

Word Origin for mastaba

from Arabic: bench
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