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 After spending the next several millennia in relative anonymity, her coffin was swept up in the of Egyptian mummy trade that followed the Napoleonic Wars. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "This 2,600-Year-Old Mummy Died in a Violent Backstabbing," 28 Jan. 2020 Now 3-D printing and body-scanning technology have lent a little bit of voice to a relatively young artifact: the more than 3,000-year-old mummy of an ancient Egyptian named Nesyamun. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "3-D Printing Gives Voice to a 3,000-Year-Old Mummy," 23 Jan. 2020 The team chose the mummy of the Egyptian priest Nesyamun from the Leeds City Museum in the UK because the soft tissue in the throat and vocal tract was reasonably intact. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Voice of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy reproduced by 3-D printing a vocal tract," 23 Jan. 2020 These mummies were all part of Egypt’s 1 percent, after all. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "In Montreal, Egyptian Mummies, in 3-D, Have Secrets to Share," 18 Jan. 2020 Peppa, who is British, goes on adventures with her mummy, daddy and little brother George in the cartoon, and here kids can experience the show’s characters in 14 areas full of physical and sensory activities. Deborah Fleck, Dallas News, "Looking for winter family fun? Try Dallas-Fort Worth’s museums, aquariums and indoor play places," 10 Jan. 2020 Explorers studying Egyptian mummies, for example, hurriedly sliced away the outer wrappings to get to the bodies and treasures inside. Washington Post, "The overlooked innovation woven throughout human history," 9 Jan. 2020 This Oriental Institute’s super-popular Halloween event naturally celebrates the (un)dead — specifically mummies, from exposed bones to the kind still concealed within a colorful sarcophagus. Web Behrens,, "15 things to do in the Chicago area with the kids Oct. 21-27," 20 Oct. 2019 Only time will tell—but for now, the former seems pretty devoted to her yummy-mummy boots. Vogue, "Queen Letizia Wants to Remind You That She Wore Plastic Shoes First," 28 May 2019

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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 17 Feb. 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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