\ 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 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 Parts of the tomb had been looted, but the burials of two women were intact. National Geographic, "The fierce Amazons were more than just a myth—they were real," 18 June 2020 One kind of wheat which Figari-Bey employed for his experiments had been found in Upper Egypt, at the bottom of a tomb at Medinet-Aboo. Scientific American, "Fake News: Wheat Buried with Mummies Can Grow," 17 June 2020 Genghis Khan’s tomb, however, remains undiscovered, despite extensive research into its possible location. Fox News, "'Genghis Khan’s Wall' reveals its secrets," 11 June 2020 But in the current season, even death has been turned inside out; the bodies are crowding together at makeshift morgues, and the bereaved are left sitting alone in a tomb of loss. Belinda Luscombe, Time, ""It Feels Like He Got Abducted by Aliens." One Family's Struggle to Mourn In the Age of Coronavirus," 11 Apr. 2020 The theatre, a beautiful nineteen-twenties auditorium, had the still, cool air of a tomb. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "San Francisco Shelters in Place," 20 Mar. 2020 An ancient stone chest and a mysterious ceramic box found at a burial site in Egypt may provide clues to the location of a royal tomb. Fox News, "Mysterious ancient Egyptian box containing goose egg may lead to Pharaoh’s tomb," 13 Mar. 2020 At Père Lachaise in Paris long avenues of tombs process under tall, sepulchral trees. 1843, "Can words do the dead justice?," 21 May 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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“Tomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 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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