στήλη

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Could be from Proto-Indo-European *stl̥-neh₂, from *stel- (related to στέλλω (stéllō, I set, arrange)), with similarities to Old High German stollo. Could instead be from Proto-Indo-European *sth₂-sleh₂, from *steh₂- (related to ἵστημι (hístēmi, I stand)). Also compare στῦλος (stûlos, pillar).

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

στήλη (stḗlēf (genitive στήλης); first declension

  1. block of stone used as a prop or buttress to a wall
  2. block or slab used as a memorial, monument
  3. gravestone, tombstone
  4. monument inscribed with record of victories, dedications or votes of thanks
  5. post placed on mortgage ground, as a record of the fact
  6. boundary post
  7. block of rock crystal, in which Ethiopian mummies were allegedly cased

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Descendants[edit]

  • Greek: στήλη (stíli) (learned)
  • Latin: stēla

Further reading[edit]

  • στήλη”, in Liddell & Scott (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • στήλη”, in Liddell & Scott (1889) An Intermediate Greek–English Lexicon, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • στήλη”, in Autenrieth, Georg (1891) A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges, New York: Harper and Brothers
  • στήλη in Bailly, Anatole (1935) Le Grand Bailly: Dictionnaire grec-français, Paris: Hachette
  • στήλη in Cunliffe, Richard J. (1924) A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect: Expanded Edition, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, published 1963
  • Woodhouse, S. C. (1910) English–Greek Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Attic Language[1], London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited.
  • Sihler, Andrew L. (1995) New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, →ISBN
  • Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN

Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Ancient Greek στήλη (stḗlē).

Noun[edit]

στήλη (stílif (plural στήλες)

  1. (architecture) column, stele
  2. (chess) file

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