[ stoo-puh ]
/ ˈstu pə /


a monumental pile of earth or other material, in memory of Buddha or a Buddhist saint, and commemorating some event or marking a sacred spot.

Origin of stupa

First recorded in 1875–80, stupa is from the Sanskrit word stūpa Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for stupa

/ (ˈstuːpə) /


a domed edifice housing Buddhist or Jain relicsAlso called: tope

Word Origin for stupa

C19: from Sanskrit: dome
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