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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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 While Big Agnes doesn’t currently make one of its awesome system bags scaled to fit the SLX tent floor pad, it can be used with either traditional mummy bags, quilts, or, better yet, its three-pound insulated tent comforter ($90). Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Couples Camping Gear Just Got Even Better," 20 June 2019 The sale and looting of mummies in particular is galling to some people. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "After More Than 90 Years, Looted Mummy Parts Repatriated to Egypt," 9 Jan. 2018 In April, experts announced the discovery of dozens of mummies in ancient desert burial chambers. Fox News, "Ancient Egyptian fortress built by Ramses II reveals its secrets," 15 June 2019 The threshold of the future will be swept free of mummies! Globe Staff,, "Brave new worlds, on view at the Mead Art Museum," 14 June 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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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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