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tomb

noun \ ˈtüm \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of tomb

1 a : 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)

tombless

play \ˈtüm-ləs\ adjective

Examples of tomb in a Sentence

  1. the tomb of Alexander the Great

  2. explored the historic graveyard and saw tombs that dated back two centuries

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1thumb


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tomb

verb

Definition of tomb

tombed; tombing; tombs

Examples of tomb in a Sentence

  1. Forest Lawn is where many of Tinseltown's immortals are tombed for all eternity.

First Known Use of tomb

14th century

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TOMB Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of tomb for English Language Learners

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


TOMB Defined for Kids

tomb

noun \ ˈtüm \

Definition of tomb for Students

1 : 1grave
2 : a house or burial chamber for dead people


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