noun \ˈse-nə-ˌtaf, -ˌtäf\

: a special structure or statue that is built to remind people of a dead person who is buried somewhere else; especially : a structure built to honor the people who were killed in a war

Full Definition of CENOTAPH

:  a tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person or group of persons whose remains are elsewhere

Origin of CENOTAPH

French cénotaphe, from Latin cenotaphium, from Greek kenotaphion, from kenos empty + taphos tomb
First Known Use: 1578


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(Greek: “empty tomb”) Monument, sometimes in the form of a tomb, to a person buried elsewhere. Ancient Greek writings tell of many cenotaphs, none of which survives. Existing cenotaphs of this type are found in churches (e.g., in Santa Croce, Florence, where there are memorials to Dante, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Galileo). The term is now applied to national war memorials.


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