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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
His previous six books include tomes on exploration and art collecting.
The tome also introduces the smaller mammals of San Diego.
And James McArthur would proceed to score the winner two minutes into stoppage tome to stun the Hornets.
The 395-page tome features photographs by Kieran Scott alongside interviews in which each woman answers the same five questions: What really matters to you?
In these bleak times, where every week seems to bring horrors unimaginable even the week before, the thought of a subpoena for those tomes winging its way to the Spicey doorstep makes our head swim with lust and joy.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was the most checked-out tome.
In 1998, an unlikely tome by two academics became the most popular narrative of New York.
His home run provided a dramatic hook in a tome that was more business than baseball.
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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
First Known Use: 1519See Words from the same year
Related Wordshardback, hardcover, paper, paperback, paperbound, pocket book, pocket edition, softback, softcover, trade book, trade edition; folio, quarto; guidebook, handbook, how-to, manual; catalog (or catalogue), cyclopedia (also cyclopaedia), dictionary, encyclopedia; monograph, primer, text, textbook, tract, treatise; novel, novelette, pulp; album, almanac, anthology, casebook, chapbook, nonbook, omnibus, picture book
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