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 Other attractions include an African food hall, a royal Egyptian mummy, concerts, and performances from around the world, and the option to dine on a $500 three-course meal with glow-in-the-dark cuisine. Aya Batrawy And Isabel Debre, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Oct. 2021 Jeff spent weeks in a hospital bound like a mummy with bandages. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 This mummy, the scientists hope, will shed new light on pregnancy in the ancient world. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 May 2021 The Egyptians occasionally used prosthetics, too: In 2000, an ancient mummy was found to have a prosthetic toe that may have aided the woman's walking, according to researchers who tested replicas of the toe on modern-day volunteers. CNN, 30 May 2021 In the early 19th century, the University of Warsaw acquired an Egyptian mummy encased in an elaborate coffin identifying the deceased as a priest named Hor-Djehuty. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 May 2021 The mummy thus opens up new pathways into the study of perinatal health in the ancient world. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 May 2021 The mummy is believed to have been found in royal tombs in Thebes, an ancient Egyptian city along the Nile River, although the claim has not be proven, according to CNN. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 1 May 2021 This could also go part way to explaining why the mummy as encased in a tomb with the priest's name. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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