- a sepulchral monument erected in memory of a deceased person whose body is buried elsewhere.
Origin of cenotaph
Examples from the Web for cenotaph
Others think it may be a cenotaph, built to house Alexander himself but then left empty after Ptolemy made off with his body.Is This Alexander the Great’s Tomb?
September 13, 2014
Walking in the rain toward the cenotaph, I observed that about every other person wore a red paper poppy in the lapel.Lessons from Another War
November 12, 2009
The cenotaph is engraved with ninety-nine names of the deity.Travels in the Far East
Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
The present chapter is a cenotaph to the French Encyclopædists.Classic French Course in English
William Cleaver Wilkinson
The cenotaph is built entirely of native stone of different varieties.Among the Sioux
R. J. Creswell
Close by her cenotaph stands the family temple of the Holkars.
So to-night we shall think of him when we pray before the cenotaph.Paris Vistas
Helen Davenport Gibbons
- a monument honouring a dead person or persons buried elsewhere
- the Cenotaph the monument in Whitehall, London, honouring the dead of both World Wars: designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens: erected in 1920
Word Origin and History for cenotaph
c.1600, from French cénotaphe (16c.), from Latin cenotaphium, from Greek kenotaphion, from kenos "empty" (see keno-) + taphos "tomb, burial, funeral," from PIE root *dhembh- "to bury."