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

Examples of mummy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her tomb has not been identified, although her mummy and that of her husband have. National Geographic, "King Tut's grandparents were Egypt's royal power couple," 17 Sep. 2020 Like a beef mummy, without the gauze wrap or the murderous thirst for revenge. James P. Dewan,, "You’ve mastered bone broth. Now turn it into glace — cubes of unparalleled deliciousness that will transform any dish.," 25 Sep. 2020 Designs include a witch, a pumpkin, a vampire, a mummy and a smiling ghosts, all of which are more fun than scary. Leada Gore |, al, "Crayola’s best-selling kids’ face masks now in Halloween styles," 25 Sep. 2020 Earlier this year, a 3,600-year-old teenage mummy was discovered in Luxor, as well as tombs of a number of high priests. James Rogers, Fox News, "More than two dozen 2,500-year-old sarcophagi discovered at ancient site in Egypt," 22 Sep. 2020 Disney channel's very first Halloween DCOM, Under Wraps, is about three 12-year-olds who find a mummy and accidentally bring it to life. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All of the Best Halloween Disney Movies," 18 Sep. 2020 Amenhotep’s tomb was looted not long after his death, but priests relocated his mummy in antiquity to protect it from robbers. National Geographic, "King Tut's grandparents were Egypt's royal power couple," 17 Sep. 2020 In addition to the tsantsa, the Pitt Rivers moved a group of Naga trophy heads and the mummy of an Egyptian child into storage. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Oxford Museum Permanently Removes Controversial Display of Shrunken Heads," 16 Sep. 2020 The museum ultimately decided to remove 120 human remains, including the tsantsas, Naga trophy heads and an Egyptian mummy of a child. Danica Kirka, USA TODAY, "UK museum removes shrunken heads from exhibit in an effort to 'decolonize' its collections," 15 Sep. 2020

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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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“Mummy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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