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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
Barnes & Noble’s website says the tome won’t be available for shipping until Wednesday.
This thoughtful tome is organized chronologically by decade, concisely encapsulating the salient points of each photo’s genesis.
The scientists dug through dusty tomes and digital archives to put together a list of 295 societies and 430 battles, large and small, dating from 2500 B.C.E. to today.
Picking up where her last volume left off in 2005, this tome features more high-profile celebrities and controversial subject matter, from Caitlyn Jenner to Donald and Melania Trump.
Every library has its own smell, from the slick scent of unopened books in a brand-new facility to the sweet, musty odor of old tomes.
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.
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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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