sepulchre

noun
sep·​ul·​chre | \ ˈse-pəl-kər How to pronounce sepulchre (audio) \
variants: or sepulcher

Definition of sepulchre

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a place of burial : tomb
2 : a receptacle for religious relics especially in an altar

sepulchre

verb
variants: or sepulcher
sepulchred or sepulchered; sepulchring or sepulchering\ ˈse-​pəl-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce sepulchre (audio) \

Definition of sepulchre (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to place in or as if in a sepulchre : bury
2 archaic : to serve as a sepulchre for

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Noun

Sepulchre (also spelled sepulcher) first appeared in Middle English around the beginning of the 13th century. It was originally spelled sepulcre, a spelling taken from Anglo-French. Like many words borrowed into English from French, sepulchre has roots buried in Latin. The word arose from Latin sepulcrum, a noun derived from the verb sepelire, meaning "to bury." Sepultus, the past participle of sepelire, gave us—also by way of Anglo-French—the related noun sepulture, which is a synonym of burial and sepulchre.

Examples of sepulchre in a Sentence

Noun a poem describing the forgotten sepulcher of a valiant knight of the Middle Ages
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Enclave, Buick’s large, three-row crossover, has been redesigned for 2018, allowing the automaker to finally place its predecessor in a sepulchre and seal the entrance. Al Haas, Philly.com, 28 June 2018 The Garden Tomb, is believed by many to be the garden and sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathea, and therefore a possible site of the resurrection of Jesus. Joe Yudin, Town & Country, 5 Oct. 2016 The Enclave, Buick’s large, three-row crossover, has been redesigned for 2018, allowing the automaker to finally place its predecessor in a sepulchre and seal the entrance. Al Haas, Philly.com, 28 June 2018 The Garden Tomb, is believed by many to be the garden and sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathea, and therefore a possible site of the resurrection of Jesus. Joe Yudin, Town & Country, 5 Oct. 2016 The Garden Tomb, is believed by many to be the garden and sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathea, and therefore a possible site of the resurrection of Jesus. Joe Yudin, Town & Country, 5 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of sepulchre

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sepulchre

Noun

Middle English sepulcre, from Anglo-French, from Latin sepulcrum, sepulchrum, from sepelire to bury; akin to Greek hepein to care for, Sanskrit saparyati he honors

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“Sepulchre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sepulchre. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of sepulchre

: a place of burial : tomb

sepulchre

noun
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variants: or sepulcher \ ˈse-​pəl-​kər \

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