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sepulchre

noun sep·ul·chre \ ˈse-pəl-kər \
variants: or sepulcher

Definition of sepulchre

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

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Examples of sepulchre in a Sentence

  1. a poem describing the forgotten sepulcher of a valiant knight of the Middle Ages

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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.

Origin and Etymology of sepulchre

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

verb
variants: or sepulcher

Definition of sepulchre

sepulchred or sepulchered; sepulchring or sepulchering play \ˈse-pəl-k(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 archaic :to place in or as if in a sepulchre :bury
2 archaic :to serve as a sepulchre for

First Known Use of sepulchre

1591


SEPULCHRE Defined for English Language Learners

sepulchre

noun

Definition of sepulchre for English Language Learners

  • : a place of burial


SEPULCHRE Defined for Kids

sepulchre

noun sep·ul·chre
variants: or sepulcher \ˈse-pəl-kər\

Definition of sepulchre for Students



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