tomb

noun
\ 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)

tomb

verb
tombed; tombing; tombs

Definition of tomb (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from tomb

Noun

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

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

An influx of tourists over the course of decades had inundated the tomb with humidity, dust, and carbon dioxide; scratches and abrasions were also threatening the longevity of the wall paintings. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "King Tut's Tomb Is Reopening—And This Time, It's Tourist-Proof," 1 Feb. 2019 Tasha — Pro: Might stir up more interest in science and exploration, like the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb did. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "26 arguments for and against opening Egypt’s new mystery sarcophagus," 11 July 2018 Closes January 6, 2019 Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, this touring exhibition is the most complete collection of artifacts ever shown outside of Egypt. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Exhibits at Museums and Galleries in L.A. This Month," 5 June 2018 Egyptian officials finally know what lies behind the walls of King Tut’s tomb -- absolutely nothing. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Egyptian authorities announce what is behind walls of Tutankhamun’s tomb," 7 May 2018 Macron and his wife also took Trump and the first lady on a tour of Napoleon’s tomb and whisked them up into the Eiffel Tower for dinner overlooking the City of Light. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner," 21 Apr. 2018 The week comes to a close on Easter Sunday, when Jesus rose from the tomb. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Here's How the Date of Easter Is Determined Each Year," 22 Feb. 2019 Now, equipped with an air filtration and ventilation system, new barriers and a viewing platform, as well as restored wall paintings, the tomb is ready for the public once again. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "King Tut's Tomb Is Reopening—And This Time, It's Tourist-Proof," 1 Feb. 2019 French sailors inevitably would take cuttings from the tomb’s willow. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘It has a story to tell’: How a descendant of Napoleon’s willow tree took root on a Seattle hillside," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of tomb

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tomb

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tomb

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

tomb

noun
\ ˈtüm How to pronounce tomb (audio) \

Kids Definition of tomb

2 : a house or burial chamber for dead people

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