\ 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)

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Visions of Howard Carter opening King Tut’s tomb come to mind, and these modern-day automotive discoveries reveal their own amazing secrets. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Car of the Week: Why This Unrestored 1955 Ferrari Could Fetch a Bonkers $2.6 Million at Auction," 26 Apr. 2021 The tomb consists of a large space with a smaller adjoining chamber, writes Ronan McGreevy for the Irish Times. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Irish Farmer Stumbles Onto ‘Untouched’ Ancient Tomb," 21 Apr. 2021 In the oratorio’s second part, the women discover the empty tomb, and the Angel declaring Jesus’ resurrection. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Review: Dallas Bach Society performs Handel’s dramatic early oratorio ‘La resurrezione’," 19 Apr. 2021 Betsy Brian, professor of egyptology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said the finding's importance is only second to the earth-shattering discovery of King Tut's tomb. Hatem Maher, ABC News, "3,000-year-old 'Lost Golden City' unearthed in Egypt's Luxor," 8 Apr. 2021 Then there is the tomb featured in the story of Easter. Robert Barron, WSJ, "Recovering the Strangeness of Easter," 2 Apr. 2021 There are many recurring, persistent, instructive, and echoing phenomena that resound from the Praetorium to the Arimathean’s tomb, connecting Christians in the most intimate ways to the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Jack Fowler, National Review, "‘I Thirst’ — Would You Offer Him a Drink?," 2 Apr. 2021 The tomb lay beneath the floor of a large room that lacked common items such as tools or drinking vessels, as well as ceremonial items that might have pointed to a religious function. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "‘Blinged out’ female ruler may be evidence of powerful women during Bronze Age," 10 Mar. 2021 The team analyzed grave goods found in a princely tomb in the La Almoloya site, in what is now Murcia. Jack Guy, CNN, "These Bronze Age women were more powerful than we thought," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of tomb was in the 13th century

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30 Apr 2021

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“Tomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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


\ ˈtüm How to pronounce tomb (audio) \

Kids Definition of tomb

2 : a house or burial chamber for dead people

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