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 Beyond piecing together the ibis’ backstory, Barsody is working to digitize the mummy for inclusion in an upcoming exhibition. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2022 Unlike a tight mummy, this 650-fill down bag is designed for restless folks who need room to wiggle into the perfect position, including those who like to sleep on their sides. Ryan Stuart, Outside Online, 10 May 2021 Researchers examining the mummy at the British Museum thought the remains were male after x-ray images from the 1960s revealed dense packing in its crotch area. Joshua Rapp Learn, Scientific American, 30 Mar. 2022 Enlarge / Historical engraving of the mummy of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep I (1888). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Jan. 2022 Many here, extremely strong, express the immediacy, frontal presence and unique personalities found in early Roman Fayum mummy portraits. Lance Esplund, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2022 The series is definitely leaning into the supernatural side with Moon Knight, as his mummy-like costume magically enshrouds Spector, and the hero is seen beating up some kind of creature in a restroom. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Jan. 2022 Earlier this year, archaeologists working in Alexandria discovered a mummy with a similar gold tongue dating to around 2,000 years ago, as reported by Isis Davis-Marks for Smithsonian magazine at the time. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 The mummy of a woman, found in a Dutch bog in 1951, is an example of another atmospheric condition that preserves corpses. Susan Dunne,, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 24 May. 2022.

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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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