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
Sadly, neither of the new tomes was written by J. K. Rowling, the creator of the series.
Bookworms, meanwhile, will be pleased to know that tomes from the duo's library will also be available.
The book hails from rising tech company and publisher Inkshares, which will release the tome via its Geek & Sundry imprint July 25.
Held at the Mosquito Supper Club on July 6, partygoers perused and purchased this tome dedicated to dogs and their digs, as well as sampled oysters-on-the-half-shell and rose wine.
And, heaven knows, that tome has certainly been used for worse purposes.
But that was a long tome ago in 1980, when he was known as John Cougar.
Reading a book a week, and trying some heavier tomes.
Samin Nosrat’s tome (with illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton) takes the reader through the basics of the four key elements of food prep: salt, fat, acid, and heat.
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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: 1519See Words from the same year
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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