Definition of Mastaba

1. Noun. An ancient Egyptian mud-brick tomb with a rectangular base and sloping sides and flat roof. "The Egyptian pyramids developed from the mastaba"

Exact synonyms: Mastabah
Generic synonyms: Grave, Tomb



Definition of Mastaba

1. n. In Mohammedan countries, a fixed seat, common in dwellings and in public places.

Definition of Mastaba

1. Noun. A wide stone bench built into the wall of a house, shop etc. in the Middle East. ¹

2. Noun. (architecture) A rectangular structure with a flat top and slightly sloping sides, built during Ancient Egyptian times above tombs that were situated on flat land. Mastabas were made of wood, mud bricks, stone, or a combination of these materials. Some are solid structures, while others can contain one or more rooms, sometimes decorated with paintings or inscriptions. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mastaba

1. an ancient Egyptian tomb [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mastaba

mast
mast-
mast-cell
mast cell
mast cell leukaemia
mast cells
mast climbing
mast leukocyte
mast seeding
mastaba (current term)
mastabah
mastabahs
mastabas
mastadenitis
mastadenoma
mastadenovirus
mastalgia
mastalgias
mastatrophy
mastauxe
mastaxes
mastectomee
mastectomies

Literary usage of Mastaba

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Manual of Egyptian Archæology and Guide to the Study of Antiquities in Egypt by Gaston Maspero (1902)
"Plan of chapel, mastaba of Ti 117 121. Plan of chapel, mastaba of ... Section of mastaba showing shaft and vault, at Gizeh . . 127 134. Section of mastaba ..."

2. El Kab by James Edward Quibell (1898)
"The mastaba D of Nefer-shem-em is of the ordinary type, with two niches on the east, ... The small mastaba (301) nearer the town wall was of more interest. ..."

3. A Concise Dictionary of Egyptian Archaeology: A Handbook for Students and by Mary Brodrick (1902)
"mastaba. The Arabic word for the benches that are usually placed at the entrance ... The mastaba consists of a quadrangular massive building with inclined ..."

4. Manual of Egyptain Archæology and Guide to the Study of Antiquities in Egypt by Gaston Maspero (1902)
"Plan of chapel, mastaba of Ti 117 121. Plan of chapel, mastaba of ... Section of mastaba showing shaft and vault, at Gizeh . . 127 134. Section of mastaba ..."

5. Manual of Egyptian Archaeology and Guide to the Study of Antiquities in by Gaston Maspero, Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (1902)
"Plan of chapel, mastaba of Affi 117 123. Plan of chapel, mastaba of ... Section of mastaba showing shaft and vault, at Gizeh . . 127 134. Section of mastaba ..."

6. Egypt: Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker (Firm) (1902)
"The **mastaba of Ptahhotep, which lies between the Step Pyramid and Mariette'« House and has only recently been made accessible , dates from the period of ..."

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