- pyramid: In ancient Egypt, a quadrilateral masonry mass with steeply sloping sides meeting at an apex, used as a tomb. 2. A polyhedron having a polygonal base and triangular faces meeting at a common point or vertex.
- pylon: A truncated pyramidal form characteristic of Egyptian monumental architecture, where it was used largely in gateways.
- step pyramid: An early type of pyramid having a stepped superstructure.
- ziggurat: A tiered temple from the Egyptian, Sumerian, or Babylonian times that had a pyramidal look to it. This shape was popular during the Art Deco era in buildings such as the Chrysler building.
- zikkurat: Also see ziggurat.
Also see Architecture index.