stu·​pa | \ ˈstü-pə How to pronounce stupa (audio) \

Definition of stupa

: a usually dome-shaped structure (such as a mound) serving as a Buddhist shrine

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Examples of stupa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At its peak, the temple boasted a smaller stupa at the front, a room or cell for monks, the podium of a column or pillar, a staircase, vestibule rooms, and a public courtyard that overlooked a road. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2022 Since Wangchuk invented the ice stupa in 2013, he's been teaching villagers in Ladakh how to build their own. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Nov. 2021 This is one of the more surprising finds in Bangkok, hidden away in the back of Wat Arun, far from the busy riverfront and scenic main stupa, a major tourist attraction. Joe Cummings, CNN, 2 Nov. 2021 One of the oldest stone structures in India, the stupa covering was built to shelter the remains of a Buddha. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 8 Apr. 2021 The hemisphere-like shape known as the stupa is a common sight in Buddhist architecture, and Sanchi Stupa is perhaps the most famous of the ancient examples. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 8 Apr. 2021 All the restoration work on the stupa was being done according to surviving examples on the building’s symmetrical exterior. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021 In 2016, the stupa was a crumbling stub poking up amid a mound of detritus, its elaborate patterns of arches nearly worn away. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021 Protesters flowed in from townships on Yangon’s fringes and all over the city, converging on the area around Sule Pagoda, a sparkling golden stupa that is the heart of the city center. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stupa

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stupa

Sanskrit stūpa

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5 Apr 2022

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“Stupa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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