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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
The six-pound tome features hundreds of his images in reverse chronological order, from 2017 to the 1960s.
Trip Taylor sells a wide collection of finer used tomes and is best known for literature, philosophy and art books.
The tome details the night of ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman's murders.
The tome will be released in 24 languages, including Arabic, Vietnamese and Finnish, and include a global book tour that might look like a rock tour.
However, the tome about the Trump administration has spurred an explosion in sales for a different book with a similar name about an entirely different topic.
The budgets for current series about the Waco siege, the killing of Gianni Versace and the unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. all include the rights to a nonfiction tome, or several.
In 1975, however, J.G.A. Pocock published a tome called The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition, bringing the civic republican tradition to the fore.
Its name is stodgy, akin to blowing dust from an old tome in a Philadelphia attic: the Federalist Party of America.
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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
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Origin and Etymology of -tome
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Definition of tome for English Language Learners
: a very large, thick book
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