tomb

noun
\ ˈtüm \

Definition of tomb 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an excavation in which a corpse is buried : grave

b : a place of interment

2 : a house, chamber, or vault for the dead

3 : a building or structure resembling a tomb (as in appearance)

tomb

verb
tombed; tombing; tombs

Definition of tomb (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other words from tomb

Noun

tombless \ˈtüm-ləs \ adjective

Synonyms for tomb

Synonyms: Noun

burial, grave, sepulchre (or sepulcher), sepulture

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Examples of tomb in a Sentence

Noun

the tomb of Alexander the Great explored the historic graveyard and saw tombs that dated back two centuries

Verb

Forest Lawn is where many of Tinseltown's immortals are tombed for all eternity.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to the sarcophagus, the archeologists found an alabaster bust of a man that likely depicts the owner of the tomb. Abigail Abrams, Time, "A Mysterious Sarcophagus That May Not Have Been Opened in 2,000 Years Was Found in Egypt," 14 July 2018 Archaeologists have found a hidden network of tombs in Minya and a rare Greco-Roman temple in the western desert, while the authorities have stepped up efforts to recover ancient treasures smuggled abroad. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sarcophagus Found. Contents Unknown. (‘No Guessing, Please.’)," 13 July 2018 The Getty, in collaboration with Egypt’s Supreme Council for Antiquities, undertook a restoration of the tomb between 1986 and 1992. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Take a VR Tour of an Egyptian Queen’s Elaborate Tomb," 12 July 2018 The Supreme Court expressed impatience with the prolonged cleanup effort, which has shrouded parts of the tomb in scaffolding for days and weeks at a time. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "How air pollution, a dying river and swarms of defecating insects threaten the Taj Mahal," 22 May 2018 But an evil order known as Trinity followed his progress, and through a voice recording, Croft’s father asks her to destroy all evidence of the tomb. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "'Tomb Raider' reboot's grittier, blander Lara Croft can't save the franchise," 14 Mar. 2018 As Peter's original outpost against the Swedes, St. Petersburg was born from this fortress and its historical significance is felt to this day by the presence of every Romanov tomb from Peter the Great. Greg Tepper, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to St. Petersburg," 5 Oct. 2016 The Duke of Cambridge is set to visit Jerusalem's Old City, and pay respects at the tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Just Made History by Visiting the West Bank," 27 June 2018 But the bones from the tomb are particularly extraordinary. The Economist, "A new species of gibbon is found in a 2,200-year-old tomb," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of tomb

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tomb

Noun

Middle English tombe, from Anglo-French tumbe, from Late Latin tumba sepulchral mound, from Greek tymbos; perhaps akin to Latin tumēre to be swollen — more at thumb entry 1

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The first known use of tomb was in the 13th century

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tomb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tomb

: a building or chamber above or below the ground in which a dead body is kept

tomb

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\ ˈtüm \

Kids Definition of tomb

2 : a house or burial chamber for dead people

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