Advertisement

pyramid (n.)

1550s "massive monumental stone structure of polygonl plan, the sides of which slope in planes to a common apex," also a geometrical solid resembling this, (earlier in Latin form piramis, late 14c., or nativized in Middle English as piram), from French pyramide (Old French piramide "obelisk, stela," 12c.), from Latin pyramides, plural of pyramis "one of the pyramids of Egypt," from Greek pyramis (plural pyramides) "a pyramid," which is apparently an alteration of Egyptian pimar "pyramid."

Greek pyramis also meant "kind of cake of roasted wheat-grains preserved in honey," and in this sense is said to derive from pyros "wheat" on the model of sesamis. According to some old sources the Egyptian pyramids were so called from their resemblance to the form of the cake, but Beekes points out that "the form of the cake is actually unknown."

Figurative of anything with a broad base and a small tip. Financial senses are by 1911. Related: Pyramidal (late 14c., piramidal).

Others are reading

Advertisement
Definitions of pyramid from WordNet
1
pyramid (v.)
enlarge one's holdings on an exchange on a continued rise by using paper profits as margin to buy additional amounts;
pyramid (v.)
use or deal in (as of stock or commercial transaction) in a pyramid deal;
pyramid (v.)
arrange or build up as if on the base of a pyramid;
pyramid (v.)
increase rapidly and progressively step by step on a broad base;
2
pyramid (n.)
a polyhedron having a polygonal base and triangular sides with a common vertex;
pyramid (n.)
(stock market) a series of transactions in which the speculator increases his holdings by using the rising market value of those holdings as margin for further purchases;
3
Pyramid (n.)
a massive monument with a square base and four triangular sides; begun by Cheops around 2700 BC as royal tombs in ancient Egypt;
Synonyms: Great Pyramid / Pyramids of Egypt
From wordnet.princeton.edu