[ pir-uh-mid ]
/ ˈpɪr ə mɪd /


verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. pyoureter,
  2. pyr-,
  3. pyracanth,
  4. pyracantha,
  5. pyralid,
  6. pyramid bet,
  7. pyramid letter,
  8. pyramid of light,
  9. pyramid of medulla oblongata,
  10. pyramid of tympanum

Origin of pyramid

1350–1400; < Latin pȳramid- (stem of pȳramis) < Greek pȳramís; replacing Middle English pyramis < Latin, as above

Related formspyr·a·mid·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pyramids


/ (ˈpɪrəmɪd) /



Derived Formspyramidal (pɪˈræmɪdəl), pyramidical or pyramidic, adjectivepyramidally or pyramidically, adverb

Word Origin for pyramid

C16 (earlier pyramis): from Latin pyramis, from Greek puramis, probably from Egyptian

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Word Origin and History for pyramids



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.

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Medicine definitions for pyramids


[ pĭrə-mĭd ]


A solid figure with a polygonal base and triangular faces that meet at a common point.
A structure or part shaped like a pyramid.
Related formspy•rami•dal (pĭ-rămĭ-dl) adj.

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Culture definitions for pyramids


A group of huge monuments in the desert of Egypt (see also Egypt), built as burial vaults for ancient Egyptian kings. The age of pyramid building in Egypt began about 2700 b.c. (See under “World History to 1550.”)

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.

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