stupa

noun
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 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, "Tens of thousands of protesters return to Myanmar streets to oppose the military coup," 7 Feb. 2021 Early on, Hanle’s head monk granted permission to shift a stupa from the highest point of Digpa Ratsa Ri, and the Dalai Lama later performed the Himalayan Chandra’s consecration ceremony. Raghu Karnad, The New Yorker, "The Clear Night Sky Over India and China’s Hostile Border," 19 Sep. 2020 Wangchuk and his students built their first ice stupa in November 2013. National Geographic, "One way to fight climate change: Make your own glaciers.," 16 June 2020 This year, farmers and students together built a higher stupa. National Geographic, "One way to fight climate change: Make your own glaciers.," 16 June 2020 In Ladakh, that might mean building stupas, small piles of ice that last through dry seasons. National Geographic, "The world's supply of fresh water is in trouble as mountain ice vanishes," 9 Dec. 2019 In March, the photographer Vasantha Yogananthan travelled to the remote mountainous territory of Ladakh, in northern India, to investigate an idiosyncratic solution to the erratic supply of water in the high-desert region: the ice stupa. The New Yorker, "The Best New Yorker Photography of 2019," 15 Dec. 2019 Join nuns and monks in a walking meditation around Bodnath Stupa, the largest stupa in Asia; visit a hilltop temple complex teeming with monkeys; and experience a Hindu ceremony on the banks of the Bagmati River. National Geographic, "Nepal Community Service: Sustainable Development and Rural Livelihoods," 10 Sep. 2019 Visit a Hindu temple teeming with monkeys, join Tibetan Buddhist nuns and monks in a walking meditation around Asia’s largest stupa, and experience a Hindu ceremony on the banks of the Bagmati River. National Geographic, "Nepal High School Community Service," 12 June 2019

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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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15 Feb 2021

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“Stupa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stupa. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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