\ 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

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 At Père Lachaise in Paris long avenues of tombs process under tall, sepulchral trees. 1843, "Can words do the dead justice?," 21 May 2020 Gewen’s book is a thoughtful rumination on human behavior, philosophy and international relations, not a womb-to-tomb biography. John A. Farrell, New York Times, "How Do You Explain Henry Kissinger?," 28 Apr. 2020 Lee did not find evidence of trauma, but this might be because the remains likely belonged to members of the elite class, based on their presence in the burial mounds, which are more like tombs, some 20-30 feet deep with various rooms. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Ancient Mongol warrior women may have inspired legend of Mulan," 25 Apr. 2020 The entrepreneur, Mohammed Ali, alleged in videos that went viral on social media, large-scale misuse of public funds in the building of luxurious hotels, presidential palaces and a tomb for el-Sissi’s mother, who died in 2014. Washington Post, "Egypt frees labor activist, has him report to police weekly," 11 Feb. 2020 Stone tombs, enormous square pillars and a giant staircase leading to a golden throne trundle around the stage. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Eurydice’ and ‘Agrippina’ Reviews: Voices Lost and Found," 7 Feb. 2020 According to Town and Country, earlier this week, Charles recorded the gospel reading, John 20: 1-18., a passage about Mary Magdalene finding that Jesus is missing from his tomb. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Prince Charles, 71, Is Getting Into Podcasting," 9 Apr. 2020 After Nikias was buried, his former subjects dragged the disgraced ruler’s body from his tomb and scattered his bones, per an ancient Greek poem. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Analysis Refutes Nazareth Inscription’s Ties to Jesus’ Death," 23 Mar. 2020 In the absence of actual Jews in the Alsace countryside, their tombs have become easy targets in a region with an uneasy relationship to a troubled wartime past and a penchant for voting far right. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Jewish Cemeteries Are Threatened. These People Are Guarding Them.," 5 Mar. 2020

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

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“Tomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of tomb

2 : a house or burial chamber for dead people

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