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 limestone walls are lined four-high with tombs that resemble small Japanese capsule hotels. Washington Post, "Massive modern catacombs set to open in Jerusalem," 29 Aug. 2019 Her works incorporate playful themes and imagery inspired by nature, myth, Medieval manuscripts and tapestries, and Egyptian tomb paintings. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "S.F. Bay Area calendar: Greek festival, comedy and more," 25 Aug. 2019 Day 1: Tombs and tiles 9 a.m. Start your day at the modest chapel on Via Alighieri Dante, 9, which holds Dante’s tomb. Prathap Nair, National Geographic, "Visit Italy’s mesmerizing city of mosaics," 20 Aug. 2019 Archaeologists have known about the Aidonia burial ground since the 1970s, when 20 tombs were uncovered. Fox News, "Grave robbers missed these ancient Greek graves," 14 Aug. 2019 The building, a brutalist slate gray cube, never looked more like a tomb. Thomas Beller, Los Angeles Times, "The joys and heartbreak of my 20-year friendship with poet-songwriter David Berman," 12 Aug. 2019 For many minutes, the sole sound was of those chains grating as the lid was lowered over the tomb. Sarah M. Broom, The New Yorker, "Who Stays Gone, and Who Can Afford to Return," 12 Aug. 2019 In the penultimate episode, Rue twists into a tomb-like depression. Jason Parham, WIRED, "In Praise of Euphoria, the Perfect Anti-Binge TV Show," 6 Aug. 2019 Inside the Yurt of Attila, artifacts from Hunnic tombs sat in cases next to reproductions of the characteristically oblong skulls of the Hunnic nobility. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019

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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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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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