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cenotaph

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noun ceno·taph \ˈse-nə-ˌtaf, -ˌtäf\

Simple Definition of cenotaph

  • : 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

  1. :  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



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