mas·​ta·​ba ˈma-stə-bə How to pronounce mastaba (audio)
: an Egyptian tomb of the time of the Memphite dynasties that is oblong in shape with sloping sides and a flat roof

Example Sentences

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, 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, 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, 29 Jan. 2018

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Word History


Arabic maṣṭaba stone bench

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mastaba was in 1882

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“Mastaba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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