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Definition of tomb

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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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tombless \ ˈtüm-​ləs How to pronounce tombless (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 On July 4, 1918, Woodrow Wilson delivered a solemn address to a large gathering of citizens at the tomb of George Washington on his Mount Vernon estate, invoking the Revolutionary War. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "July Fourth has fallen on some dark moments in American history," 6 July 2020 That is why Adriel was locked in a tomb below the Vatican for the last millennia. Ariana Romero,, "Warrior Nun’s Alba Baptisa Breaks Down The Finale," 3 July 2020 The species hails from North Africa where watermelon seeds have been found in King Tut’s tomb. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "An ode to watermelon. Why it's the best summer fruit. And if you don't agree, you're wrong," 3 July 2020 Lee’s tomb, a place of pilgrimage for some who venerate that cause, is on the campus., "Richmond removes second Confederate statue as crowd cheers," 2 July 2020 Still, the family-friendly museum is open, minus the theaters and hands-on history area, and all 160 acres of the grounds are open, including the gardens, slave cabins, farming demonstrations and the first president’s tomb. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, "Museums and gardens are reopening across the region. Here’s what you can visit now.," 26 June 2020 Dowth is a close neighbor of the more famous Newgrange Passage tomb. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Incestuous kings may have built Ireland’s Newgrange Passage tomb," 19 June 2020 Taposiris Magna has been in the spotlight in recent years amid talk that the site may contain the tomb of Cleopatra and her lover Mark Antony. Fox News, "Cleopatra mystery: Archaeologists eye ancient site for queen’s long-lost tomb," 10 June 2020 The scent of winter jasmine Rises from a tomb to meet my eyes. Yi Lei, The New Yorker, "Flame in the Cloud at Midnight," 22 June 2020

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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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10 Jul 2020

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“Tomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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