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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

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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 Marshall analyzed the donkey bones found in the tomb. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This Tang Dynasty noblewoman loved playing polo so much, she was buried with her donkeys," 17 Mar. 2020 He was buried in an elaborate tomb at Florence’s Church of Santa Croce. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Visitors Can Watch the Restoration of Michelangelo’s ‘Bandini Pietà’," 27 Nov. 2019 The characters have already established that the weakest among them will hide for safety in the tombs of Winterfell, which has many fans concerned that the Night King will raise the dead Starks and use them to attack those hiding in the crypts. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Game of Thrones' Fan Theory Suggests Dead Starks Will Fight Against the Night King in Battle of Winterfell," 27 Apr. 2019 Residue of the drug was discovered on ancient pots in tombs in the Pamir mountains, a region near the borders of modern China, Pakistan and Tajikistan, archaeologists said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "'Stoned-age?' People smoked weed 2,500 years ago, earliest use yet discovered," 20 Apr. 2019 The United States is worried about reports that Iran may destroy the tomb some believe holds the remains of the biblical figures Esther and Mordechai. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "US commission condemns report Iran may destroy tomb of Esther and Mordechai," 20 Feb. 2020 On a stopover in Egypt this September, Bushtracks travelers will visit the Luxor Temple, known as the world’s greatest open-air museum, and tour the Valley of the Kings, home to more than 60 royal tombs. Scientific American, "An African Research Odyssey," 13 Feb. 2020 Among them are neuroscientists, paleontologists, sports scientists, a shark researcher, a conservation photographer and an archaeologist who tracks lost tombs in Egypt. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, "An army of female scientists are heading to NorthPark’s garden — in statue form," 12 Feb. 2020 In the third section, there are lines from archaeologist Howard Carter's diary, describing a door opening into King Tut's tomb. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Nobody Has Solved This Cryptographic Puzzle for 30 Years. Think You Can?," 3 Feb. 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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20 Mar 2020

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“Tomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 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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