mum·​my | \ ˈmə-mē How to pronounce mummy (audio) \
plural mummies

Definition of mummy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a body embalmed or treated for burial with preservatives in the manner of the ancient Egyptians
b : a body unusually well preserved
2 : one resembling a mummy


Definition of mummy (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British spelling of

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Pipe buttercream back and forth over each cupcake to resemble a mummy's wrapping. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mummy Cupcakes," 2 Aug. 2019 Erdman moved on to a Chinese oracle bone, and then to a little wooden board that, in ancient Egypt, had served as a sort of toe tag for a mummy. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "At the British Library, Writing Is a Work of Art," 29 July 2019 Strangely enough, this mountain peak that straddles Argentina and Chile is home to the world’s highest archeological site: A cache of almost perfectly preserved mummies. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "This mountaineering mouse is the world's highest-dwelling mammal," 22 July 2019 These men perform as stiff mummies who simply bulldoze their way across the ring, or clowns who spend more time popping balloons than grappling with opponents. Nell Haynes, The Conversation, "How indigenous women revolutionized Bolivian wrestling," 5 July 2019 The wooden coffin is the largest of the three concentric coffins inside which King Tut’s mummy was found. Los Angeles Times, "King Tut’s coffin is in ‘very bad condition'; Egypt begins restoration," 4 Aug. 2019 Funny, talented, loving, caring, sweet, cheeky, an unbelievable mummy to 4, and the worlds best wifey! Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Ant Anstead Posted The Sweetest Instagram Message for Christina Anstead's Birthday," 9 July 2019 Bowlsbey’s portray not modern-day mummies but women wrapped in cosmetic-removal pads smeared with makeup. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: At U-Md. space, “UN/Sustainable” contemplates the environment," 28 June 2019 Add some cute googly eyes and voila…a mummy pumpkin. Mali Anderson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ideas for celebrating Halloween with kids: From the not-so-scary to the downright spooky," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of mummy


1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mummy


Middle English mummie powdered parts of a mummified body used as a drug, from Anglo-French mumie, from Medieval Latin mumia mummy, powdered mummy, from Arabic mūmiya bitumen, mummy, from Persian mūm wax

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mum·​my | \ ˈmə-mē How to pronounce mummy (audio) \
plural mummies

Kids Definition of mummy

: a dead body preserved for burial in the manner of the ancient Egyptians

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