mas·​ta·​ba | \ ˈma-stə-bə How to pronounce mastaba (audio) \

Definition of mastaba

: an Egyptian tomb of the time of the Memphite dynasties that is oblong in shape with sloping sides and a flat roof

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Recent Examples on the Web The artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude pose in front of an image representing the future work 'The mastaba of Abu Dhabi,' on July 20, 2007 in Saint-Paul de Vence, France. Time, "Christo, Artist Known for Massive, Fleeting Fabric Displays, Dies at 84," 1 June 2020 Located in the Saqqara necropolis in the ancient city of Memphis, some 30 km south of Cairo, the step pyramid is made up of six mastabas (rectangular structures) stacked on top of each other. Hatem Maher, ABC News, "Egypt's oldest pyramid reopens to public after 14-year restoration," 5 Mar. 2020 Standing about 65 feet tall and weighing 500 tons, the mastaba will be anchored to one spot but will still bob up and down. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "Christo to Build Floating Structure in London’s Hyde Park," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of mastaba

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mastaba

Arabic maṣṭaba stone bench

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The first known use of mastaba was in 1882

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“Mastaba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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