\ ˈtüm How to pronounce tomb (audio) \

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)


tombed; tombing; tombs

Definition of tomb (Entry 2 of 2)

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tombless \ ˈtüm-​ləs How to pronounce tombless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for tomb

Synonyms: Noun

burial, grave, sepulchre (or sepulcher), sepulture

Synonyms: Verb

bury, entomb, hearse, inhume, inter, lay, put away

Antonyms: Verb

disinter, exhume, unearth

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Examples of tomb in a Sentence


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


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

Her tomb would reveal much about the period when the ruling couple tried to revolutionize ancient Egyptian faith and art. The Atlantic, "What Lost Treasure Would You Most Like to Find?," 14 June 2019 The tomb and statues were still in progress at the time of the emperor’s death in 210 B.C. Today the vast terra-cotta host serves as a perfect symbol of the scale and ferocity of Shi Huangdi’s reign and his efforts to forge a single Chinese empire. Kristin Baird Rattini, National Geographic, "Who was the Chinese emperor behind the terra-cotta warriors?," 3 June 2019 Both leaders laid a wreath at the Unknown Soldier from World War I whose tomb is under the monument. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "China’s Xi sees honors, Airbus deal in state visit to France," 26 Mar. 2019 The Druze revere Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, whose tomb in northern Israel is one of their most sacred sites. Aron Heller, Fox News, "Israeli military faces Druze uproar over Jewish nation law," 1 Aug. 2018 Here's my list: Santa Croce Church: The tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are here, along with some other famous people. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "That Time I Vacationed Like Beyoncé," 23 Sep. 2015 The Egyptians drew pictures of watermelons on tomb walls and left the fruit as an offering for the dead. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Box of broth makes this dish great!," 19 June 2019 In a separate project, two ancient tombs dating back to the Roman period were uncovered in Egypt’s Western Desert. Fox News, "Ancient Egyptian fortress built by Ramses II reveals its secrets," 15 June 2019 In the past century, archeologists have found cannabis seeds and plants in tombs across Central Asia’s highlands, including in southern Siberia, and elsewhere in western China’s Xinjiang region. Christina Larson,, "Signs of ritual pot smoking found in ancient Chinese graves," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of tomb


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tomb


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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English Language Learners Definition of tomb

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


\ ˈtüm How to pronounce tomb (audio) \

Kids Definition of tomb

2 : a house or burial chamber for dead people

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