Definition of tome
1 : book; especially : a large or scholarly book
2 : a volume forming part of a larger work
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Examples of tome in a sentence
a long tome on European history
picked up a thick tome on the Roman Empire at a used book store
Recent Examples of tome from the web
Even in the internet age, Japan still prints phone-book sized tomes of train timetables.
Tomes such as On War never taught anyone to make a car go faster, but Wolff insists it all has a measurable impact.
Even a non-bibliophile like me cannot help being riveted by the beauties and the significance of the tomes on display.
That’s the kind of casual, coastal spirit Raffield and two friends set out to capture in the book, a coffee-table tome full of recipes, photographs, and stories.
So the team turned its attention again to the archives, poring over tomes of folkloric evidence to find any accounts that might offer reliable insights into what happened to Shakespeare’s head.
Right across the river is Cow Books, which specializes in ‘60s and ‘70s tomes, some in English, that are rare not only in Japan, but anywhere—as well as tote bags perfect for carrying books.
Fukuyama has now completed the second of two enormous tomes on the history of political development from the dawn of civilization to today.
Esquire's own David Wondrich produced an exceptional tome devoted entirely to the subject last year.
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Did You Know?
Tome comes from Latin tomus, which comes from Greek tomos, meaning "section" or "roll of papyrus." Tomos comes from the Greek verb temnein, which means "to cut." In ancient times, some of the longest scrolls of papyrus occasionally were divided into sections. When it was first used in English in the 16th century, tome was a book that was a part of a multi-volume work. Now a tome is most often simply a large and often ponderous book.
Origin and Etymology of tome
Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin tomus, from Greek tomos section, roll of papyrus, tome, from temnein to cut; akin to Middle Irish tamnaid he lops, Polish ciąć to cut, and perhaps to Latin tondēre to shear
First Known Use: 1519
Definition of -tome
1 : part : segment myotome
2 : cutting instrument microtome
Origin and Etymology of -tome
TOME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tome for English Language Learners
: a very large, thick book
TOME Defined for Kids
Definition of tome for Students
: a big thick book
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