\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)


tombed; tombing; tombs

Definition of tomb (Entry 2 of 2)

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tombless \ˈtüm-​ləs \ 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

The Egyptian government has long worried about the potential effects of visitors, whose presence can change the air quality and humidity inside the tomb, threatening the artwork. Jessica Gelt,, "King Tut gets a remodel: How conservators are trying to protect the tomb from tourists," 28 Mar. 2018 Christians adopted the symbol, with the hard eggshells representing the permanence of the tomb, and cracking of eggs representing Jesus’ Resurrection., "Easter eggs 101: How to make perfect hard-boiled eggs, then creatively decorate them," 27 Mar. 2018 There are now vast libraries of impulse responses for almost any kind of space available— concert halls, stadiums, rooms, tombs, churches, even the interior of a van—via sampling reverb software like Altiverb. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space," 14 Nov. 2018 Inside a miniature tomb, in the middle of what used to be a sprawling Roman villa, is the skeleton of a 10-year-old child who died more than 1,500 years ago. Kristine Phillips, The Seattle Times, "Archaeologists find ‘vampire burial’ site of a child feared capable of rising from the dead," 26 Oct. 2018 And, indeed, recent soil testing confirms high levels of mercury in the soil around the tomb (which is the largest in the world at about 22 square miles). Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 Borgnes Giramonti recalls one specialist who tried to dissuade them from visiting Delhi’s Nizamuddin Dargah, the 14th-century tomb of a Sufi saint, where devotees sing mesmerizing qawwalis. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Belinda Carlisle and Lisa Borgnes Giramonti 'Go-Go' Around the World Together," 16 Oct. 2018 People around the world were concerned that opening the tomb would set off an ancient mummy curse, but things are fine ... for now. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Ajit Pai doesn’t want to play Monopoly this time," 21 July 2018 The publication says the tomb of a Chinese noblewoman contained the skull and jaw of gibbon unlike any species previously known. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Extinct gibbon discovered in an ancient tomb. It might have been a pet.," 21 June 2018

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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


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Kids Definition of tomb

2 : a house or burial chamber for dead people

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