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tome

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noun \ˈtōm\

Simple Definition of tome

  • : a very large, thick book

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tome

  1. 1 :  a volume forming part of a larger work

  2. 2 :  book; especially :  a large or scholarly book

Examples of tome in a sentence

  1. a long tome on European history

  2. <picked up a thick tome on the Roman Empire at a used book store>



Did You Know?

Tome comes from Latin tomus, which comes from Greek tomos, meaning "section" or "roll of papyrus." Tomos comes from the Greek verb temnein, which means "to cut." In ancient times, some of the longest scrolls of papyrus occasionally were divided into sections. When it was first used in English in the 16th century, tome was a book that was a part of a multi-volume work. Now a tome is most often simply a large and often ponderous book.

Origin and Etymology of tome

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin tomus, from Greek tomos section, roll of papyrus, tome, from temnein to cut; akin to Middle Irish tamnaid he lops, Polish ciąć to cut, and perhaps to Latin tondēre to shear


First Known Use: 1519

Rhymes with tome


-tome

noun combining form

Definition of -tome

  1. 1 :  part :  segment <myotome>

  2. 2 :  cutting instrument <microtome>



Origin and Etymology of -tome

Greek tomos


TOME Defined for Kids

tome

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noun \ˈtōm\

Definition of tome for Students

  1. :  a big thick book




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