Definition of tome
1 : a volume forming part of a larger work
2 : book; especially : a large or scholarly book
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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
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
Medieval French or Latin; Medieval 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: 1519
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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