stu·​pa ˈstü-pə How to pronounce stupa (audio)
: a usually dome-shaped structure (such as a mound) serving as a Buddhist shrine

Illustration of stupa

Illustration of stupa

Examples of stupa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in 2022, Chilean engineers built similar ice stupa prototypes in the Andes. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Jan. 2024 All around me, amid a handful of stupas and temples, were the flattened foundations of buildings in the religious complex. Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 The exhibit fans out around a structure that replicates the form of a Buddhist stupa. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2023 He’s first seen strolling through photogenic golden fields, circling a stone stupa on his way to visit an elderly lama (real-deal lama Kelsang Choejey). Peter Debruge, Variety, 7 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for stupa 

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Word History


Sanskrit stūpa

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stupa was in 1841

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“Stupa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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