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Definition of tome

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : book especially : a large or scholarly book
2 : a volume forming part of a larger work

Definition of -tome (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : part : segment myotome
2 : cutting instrument microtome

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Synonyms: Noun

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Tome comes from Greek tomos, meaning "section" or "roll of papyrus." The Greek is related to the verb temnein, "to cut"; in ancient times, long scrolls of papyrus were divided into sections. When tome was first used in English, it referred to a book that was a part of a multi-volume work or a major part of a single-volume book.

Examples of tome in a Sentence

Noun a long tome on European history picked up a thick tome on the Roman Empire at a used book store
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun McNamara tragically died before her book was published, but with the help of her close friends, the non-fiction tome and subsequent HBO series are a testament to one woman's dedication to the truth. Amy Mackelden, ELLE, 30 Apr. 2022 The new tome is a visual remembrance of the 15 years after Mr. Ford left Gucci Group. Ashley Simpson, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Nov. 2021 The tome is an explainer of how the images were constructed for each Rush studio album cover from 1975’s Caress of Steel to 2012’s Clockwork Angels, with a forward written by Peart and a lush array of illustrations. Christa Titus, Billboard, 14 Oct. 2021 Get your organization 101 course from The Home Edit's original tome, which features room-by-room tips and tricks for how to make your whole home look and feel put together. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 9 Apr. 2022 The experimental tome takes the death of Abraham Lincoln’s son as its subject, exploring the president’s indelible grief. Timothy Harrison, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2022 The narrator, Lily Albrecht, is a rare-book dealer who becomes obsessed with finding the titular tome. Jim Ruland, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2022 Wilson sat down with EW to discuss his upcoming tome, teenagers, '90s nostalgia, and the phrase that's anchored his life. Clarissa Cruz,, 17 Mar. 2022 Now, the hordes of distance-running fanatics who look up to him can rejoice: the new Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning is a comprehensive tome on the training, gear, and techniques that keep him going and going. Hal Koerner, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2014 See More

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First Known Use of tome


1519, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for 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

Noun combining form

Greek tomos

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21 May 2022

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“Tome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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: a big thick book

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