\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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Other Words from tomb


tombless \ˈtüm-ləs \ adjective

Synonyms for tomb

Synonyms: Noun

burial, grave, sepulchre (or sepulcher), sepulture

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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

Not a lot is known about what lies inside the tombs. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "Tomb raiders: The clubhouses of Yale’s secret societies," 21 June 2018 Plans for the tomb exist in historical text from 91 BC, but very little was known about the marvel before 1974. Carol Motsinger,, "This wonder of the world is now in Cincinnati," 20 Apr. 2018 His first stop, in the working-class Pudahuel district at the tomb of Chilean Bishop Enrique Alvear Urrutia, the bishop of the poor, seemed fitting. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Pope Francis arrives in Chile for weeklong trip focused on the poor, the rainforest and indigenous people," 16 Jan. 2018 In February, archaeologists announced the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids. James Rogers, Fox News, "Mysterious giant sarcophagus discovered in Egypt," 10 July 2018 For my mother, these were objects of an afterlife—and the house was a tomb. Laura Raskin, Curbed, "A daughter recounts her mother’s memory loss—and mounting fascination with crow figurines," 18 May 2018 His funeral was in New York, but he was buried in a family tomb at Metairie Cemetery. Mike Scott,, "The 'merchant prince' behind one of New Orleans' most iconic stores," 7 Apr. 2018 It was found at the bottom of a 30ft pit, in a tomb that had been ransacked and robbed in antiquity. Nell Lewis, CNN, "FBI cracks the case of the 4,000-year-old mummy's head," 6 Apr. 2018 Buried in a tomb in near Xianyang, the ancient capital of the Qin Dynasty, archaeologists have found a 2,000-year-old bronze jug that still has rice wine in it. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Bottle of 2,000-Year-Old Rice Wine Found in Chinese Tomb," 26 Mar. 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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