- (in ancient Egypt) a quadrilateral masonry mass having smooth, steeply sloping sides meeting at an apex, used as a tomb.
- (in ancient Egypt and pre-Columbian Central America) a quadrilateral masonry mass, stepped and sharply sloping, used as a tomb or a platform for a temple.
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Origin of pyramid
Related Words for pyramidsmonolith, tomb, shrine, edifice, memorial, obelisk, tribute, cairn, cenotaph, mastaba
Examples from the Web for pyramids
Contemporary Examples of pyramids
Unfortunately, dozens of pyramids are missing their peaks thanks to an overeager, gold-seeking explorer.
The pyramids of Meroe await a day when stability will allow outsiders to peek at a forgotten ancient kingdom.
He had aspired to construct an epic figure after visiting the pyramids and sphinxes of Egypt in 1855.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty
October 28, 2014
On a bus the way back from the Pyramids, we passed Gaza through a border crossing patrolled by Israel.Gaza, You're No Good For My Marriage
August 9, 2014
The second monster was an Englishman, Richard Vyse, who on a visit to Egypt in 1835 became fascinated by the pyramids of Giza.The Nile: Where Ancient and Modern Meet
June 21, 2014
Historical Examples of pyramids
They consist of three groups, and there are, in all, about eighty pyramids.
It's just so with George Washington, and the same with them pyramids.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Which do you find more impressive, the Sphinx or the Pyramids?
There never was such gold as this gold of sand and pyramids, under the moon!
The Haystacks stand there like the Pyramids on the wall of mountains.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Word Origin for pyramid
1550s (earlier in Latin form piramis, late 14c.), from French pyramide (Old French piramide "obelisk, stela," 12c.), from Latin pyramides, plural of pyramis "one of the pyramids of Egypt," from Greek pyramis (plural pyramides) "a pyramid," apparently an alteration of Egyptian pimar "pyramid." Financial sense is from 1911. Related: Pyramidal.
A group of huge monuments in the Egyptian desert, built as burial vaults for the pharaohs and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The pyramids have square bases and four triangular faces. Pyramid building began in Egypt (see also Egypt) about 2700 b.c. and required vast amounts of slave labor.