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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
Now finished with My Struggle, the exhaustive, exhilarating, six-volume, 3,500-page tome covering his life to date, Knausgaard, 48, seems to have tired of writing about himself.
Their tomes are called reference works for a reason.
Ahead of his book club appearance, Abramsky discussed his latest tome, as well as his life in the Capitol City, with The Bee.
The problem of high-school dropouts has inspired a pile of tomes seeking to dissect the causes and keep students in school.
At the time of writing, The Origins of Totalitarianism was sold out on Amazon.com and ranked in the top 100 chart for book sales–not too shabby for a 600-page historical tome first published in 1951.
The tome chronicles nearly 300 human fatalities ranging from bear maulings and bison gorings to people scalded in hot springs, falling off cliffs, being struck by lightning, and eating poisonous plants.
The El Bulli cookbook and other modernist tomes that filled the cubbyholes next to the elegant tufted banquets and the shelves behind the open kitchen were clues to his desire: to reimagine Mexican food.
The not-for-profit venue highlights a different artist and theme each quarter, and stocks hard-to-find tomes on art criticism and theory from small printing presses.
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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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