Definition of stela in English:

stela

Syllabification: ste·la
Pronunciation: /ˈstēlə
 
/

noun (plural stelae /-ˌlē/)

Archaeology
  • An upright stone slab or column typically bearing a commemorative inscription or relief design, often serving as a gravestone.
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    • Scribes carved hieroglyphs on stone stelae, altars, wooden lintels, and roof beams, or painted them on ceramic vessels and in books made of bark paper.
    • The sites are fascinating for their pyramids, sculpture, frescoes and stelae (carved stone slabs depicting various ceremonies).
    • Many of these Han burials were readily identifiable by inscribed stone stelae, tablets recording the name, titles, and dates of the deceased.

Origin

late 18th century: via Latin from Greek (see stele).

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