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sepulchre

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

sepulcher

Definition of sepulchre

  1. 1 :  a place of burial :  tomb

  2. 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

Did You Know?

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


First Known Use: 13th century


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sepulchre

verb sep·ul·chre
variants: or

sepulcher

Definition of sepulchre

sepulchred

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sepulchered

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sepulchring

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sepulchering

\-k(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to place in or as if in a sepulchre :  bury

  3. 2 archaic :  to serve as a sepulchre for

1591

First Known Use of sepulchre

1591


SEPULCHRE Defined for English Language Learners

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sepulchre

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noun sep·ul·chre \ˈse-pəl-kər\

Definition of sepulchre for English Language Learners

  • : a place of burial


SEPULCHRE Defined for Kids

sepulchre

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

sepulcher

\ˈse-pəl-kər\

Definition of sepulchre for Students

  1. :  1grave, tomb



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