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stela Syllabification: ste·la
Pronunciation: /ˈstēlə/

Definition of stela in English:

noun (plural stelae-ˌlē)

An upright stone slab or column typically bearing a commemorative inscription or relief design, often serving as a gravestone.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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