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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
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At 342 pages, the tome by Oscar-winning animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) is one of the school’s canonical texts.
In this library, instead of tomes divided into fiction and nonfiction, books are grouped by husbandry, conservation and animal species.
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.
Those eager to further elucidate the texts can access The Book of Magical Charms online, as well as the other two tomes.
The book hails from rising tech company and publisher Inkshares, which will release the tome via its Geek & Sundry imprint July 25.
Some readers will be aghast that chapters end with bullet-point summaries and questions, evoking the worst of unctuous business tomes.
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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
Definition of -tome
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
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