Definition of tome
1 : book; especially : a large or scholarly book
2 : a volume forming part of a larger work
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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
Samin Nosrat’s tome (with illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton) takes the reader through the basics of the four key elements of food prep: salt, fat, acid, and heat.
Other tomes are sheltered by a Bedouin tent, while an extremely cosy indoor area houses the rest of the books.
At CHI, The Spa on the 4th floor a tome of a menu covers Arabic coffee scrubs, vegan treatments and de-stressing massages to target tight muscles and release tension.
Books Books about JFK have been plentiful since the 1960s; some of the recent tomes include: The Road to Camelot:
Unlike glossy coffee-table tomes of documentary photography, this book had no publisher’s logo.
Gwendy also acts as a neat sidebar to King’s other Castle Rock tomes.
For some of us, summer means diving into a thick nonfiction tome – and if that’s you, Mukherjee’s acclaimed exploration of the science of genetics should be just the thing.
Photo: Getty Addiction experts have issued multiple tomes of guidelines about how best to treat the disease, but too few rehab clinics around the U.S. are following the advice, public-health officials say.
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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
Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin tomus, from Greek tomos section, roll of papyrus, tome, from temnein to cut; akin to Middle Irish tamnaid he lops, Polish ciąć to cut, and perhaps to Latin tondēre to shear
First Known Use: 1519See Words from the same year
Definition of -tome
1 : part : segment myotome
2 : cutting instrument microtome
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
Definition of tome for Students
: a big thick book
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