\ 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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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 In 2017, Eaton toured the back barracks of the guards of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where plaques of every living soldier who guarded the tomb are displayed. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "World War II vet and former Tomb of Unknown Soldier guard, 100, finally honored properly," 24 Oct. 2019 The tomb of England’s new saint, in Birmingham, will draw visitors from many places and persuasions. The Economist, "English Catholics rejoice over Cardinal Newman’s canonisation," 19 Oct. 2019 That Buck Helm was imprisoned for 89 hours in the tomb of the Cypress structure weighs heavily on Jack Thompson, a machinist from Albany. Sam Whiting,, "The calm after the quake — for survivors, the heartbreak and heroism are still fresh," 11 Oct. 2019 Go visit the tomb of Arizona's first governor, George W.P. Hunt. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "100 free things to do in metro Phoenix," 17 Aug. 2019 But over time, the tomb crumbled and the port city faded into relative obscurity. Chris Leadbeater, National Geographic, "Discover Turkey’s under-the-radar seaside paradise," 14 Aug. 2019 On a recent evening, 13 visitors ventured into the cemetery, which is filled with blocks of tombs stacked four or more levels high. Gonzalo Solano,, "In Ecuador, a nighttime crypt visit for the morbidly curious," 14 Sep. 2019 With its slender octagonal turrets at each of its four corners and a circular dome above, the tomb is a majestic sight. Trevor Cox, National Geographic, "15 musical wonders to see—and hear," 31 July 2019 Those hopes were dashed when the tombs were completely empty. Washington Post, "Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens; 2 ossuaries found," 13 July 2019

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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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“Tomb.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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