\ 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)

Other Words from tomb


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for tomb

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last year, researchers discovered the tomb of the treasury director for Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II, as reported by Smithsonian’s Livia Gershon. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2022 Its beautiful walks include visits to its castle and the church that shelters the tomb of a 10th century German king, as well as walks around the vast forests that surround it. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 15 May 2022 Cruise starred in the film as U.S. Army Sergeant Nick Morton, who accidentally disturbs the ancient tomb of a mummy princess (Sofia Boutella). Hattie Lindert,, 23 Apr. 2022 The 15th-century Mosque City of Bagerhat holds very important monuments such as Shaṭ Gombuj, the largest historic mosque in Bangladesh, and the tomb of saint Khan Jahan Ali, who is said to have built the city. Sarah Choi, ELLE Decor, 4 Mar. 2022 Unlike the other iron artifacts found in Tut's tomb, which were crudely fashioned, the dagger had been expertly made. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 Feb. 2022 A century after the discovery of King Tut's tomb, its splendor graces the galleries of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 17 Jan. 2022 British archaeologist Howard Carter uncovers the intact tomb of King Tutankhamen. Marc Bona, cleveland, 10 Jan. 2022 There's also a vast collection of hieroglyphics and the sacred tomb of King Pakal. Christin Parcerisa Vigueras, Travel + Leisure, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Tomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of tomb

2 : a house or burial chamber for dead people

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