Share this entry
ziggurat Syllabification: zig·gu·rat
Pronunciation: /ˈziɡəˌrat/

Definition of ziggurat in English:


Image of ziggurat
(In ancient Mesopotamia) a rectangular stepped tower, sometimes surmounted by a temple. Ziggurats are first attested in the late 3rd millennium bc and probably inspired the biblical story of the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9).
Example sentences
  • Stepped pyramids known as ziggurats survive from the 3rd millennium BC in Mesopotamia.
  • The Mesopotamians built massive temples or ziggurats which housed the priestly class, the human representatives of the gods.
  • The Tower of Babel, the great ziggurat beside Babylon's temple of Marduk, dates to this era.


From Akkadian ziqqurratu.

Definition of ziggurat in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources