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

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 When Mass finished, a large group surged from the wooden pews to crowd around the tomb on the other side of the altar. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Spain’s Plan to Exhume Franco Unearths Divisions," 6 Sep. 2018 The monumental stone tomb stands near the palace from which ancient kings once ruled the Canaanite city-state of Tel Megiddo, in modern-day northern Israel. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 In another project at Brú Na Bóinne, archaeologists recently discovered an incredible 5,500-year-old tomb. Fox News, "Drought reveals 'ghost gardens,' ancient cemeteries, lost cities across British Isles," 2 Oct. 2018 Michael Kennedy, 37, and Kara O'Neil, 40, were arrested Sunday night and charged with disfiguring a tomb or monument. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Memorial for Parkland shooting victims dismantled," 29 Mar. 2018 Following today's celebration, Eugenie will send her bouquet to Westminster Abbey, where it will be placed on the tomb of the unknown soldier. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie's Bridal Bouquet Included a Sweet Tribute to Her Kensington Palace Home, Ivy Cottage," 12 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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The first known use of tomb was in the 13th century

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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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