- an upright stone slab or pillar bearing an inscription or design and serving as a monument, marker, or the like.
- Architecture. a prepared surface on the face of a building, a rock, etc., bearing an inscription or the like.
- (in ancient Rome) a burial stone.
- Botany. the central cylinder or cylinders of vascular and related tissue in the stem, root, petiole, leaf, etc., of the higher plants.
Origin of stele
Related Words for stelaiceremony, tombstone, statue, remembrance, headstone, plaque, mausoleum, stone, tablet, masterpiece, slab, pillar, testament, shrine, tomb, tribute, gravestone, marker, stele, monument
Examples from the Web for stelai
Historical Examples of stelai
The finest specimens, from the purely artistic point of view, are undoubtedly the two stelai found at Athens.Miscellanies
- an upright stone slab or column decorated with figures or inscriptions, common in prehistoric times
- a prepared vertical surface that has a commemorative inscription or design, esp one on the face of a building
- the conducting tissue of the stems and roots of plants, which is in the form of a cylinder, principally containing xylem, phloem, and pericycleSee also protostele, siphonostele
Word Origin for stele
Word Origin and History for stelai
"upright slab," usually inscribed, 1820, from Greek stele "standing block, slab," from PIE root *stel- "to put, stand" (see stall (n.1)).
- The central core of primary vascular tissues in the stem or root of a vascular plant, consisting of xylem and phloem together with pith.