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[en-toom] /ɛnˈtum/
verb (used with object)
to place in a tomb; bury; inter.
to serve as a tomb for:
Florentine churches entomb many great men.
Also, intomb.
Origin of entomb
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English entoumben < Middle French entomber. See en-1, tomb
Related forms
entombment, noun
unentombed, adjective Unabridged
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  • To define the beauty, the supreme concentration of the entombment, without by dissection killing it, is a task of difficulty.

    The Earlier Work of Titian Claude Phillips
  • Coxcie, altar-piece (the entombment) and frescoes by Salviati.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • These last speak very highly of the wooden figures in the entombment chapel, and so more guardedly does Bordiga.

    Ex Voto Samuel Bulter
  • The second chapel on the eastern side of the south transept contained an entombment dating from 1531.

  • Nearly at the end of the period he made his greatest failure, the "entombment" of the Borghese Gallery.

    Artist and Public Kenyon Cox
  • And yet it is a most wise and humane provision; and many years ago, there is a tradition, an entombment alive was prevented by it.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • The entombment followed, the Madonna in black lamenting and weeping.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • Therefore, if the demands of affection and sanitation are both to be met, entombment is to do it, or it cannot be done.

  • A fine coffin (Fig. 25) is represented in the lead group of the entombment at Moissac in France.

    Leadwork W. R. Lethaby
  • But, like the place of the entombment of her more distinguished brother, "no man knoweth it unto this day."

    Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard
British Dictionary definitions for entombment


verb (transitive)
to place in or as if in a tomb; bury; inter
to serve as a tomb for
Derived Forms
entombment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for entombment



1570s, from Old French entomber "place in a tomb," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + tombe "tomb" (see tomb). Related: Entombed; entombing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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