Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

immure

[ih-myoo r] /ɪˈmyʊər/
verb (used with object), immured, immuring.
1.
to enclose within walls.
2.
to shut in; seclude or confine.
3.
to imprison.
4.
to build into or entomb in a wall.
5.
Obsolete. to surround with walls; fortify.
Origin of immure
1575-1585
1575-85; < Medieval Latin immūrāre, equivalent to Latin im- im-1 + -mūrāre, verbal derivative of mūrus wall (cf. mural)
Related forms
immurement, immuration
[im-yuh-rey-shuh n] /ˌɪm yəˈreɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
self-immurement, noun
self-immuring, adjective
unimmured, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for immured
Historical Examples
  • Send us back into our city, and keep us there immured until we have perished of hunger.

  • Fly to the prince; he too has immured himself in his apartment.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She is therefore a prisoner, as immured as a goddess in her temple.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • His Grace was resolved to break his son's spirit by keeping him immured in the country.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • But we ought not to be immured among conventions and received opinions.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • If I had been immured there forever and always, it would be her fault just the same.

    Grace Harlowe's Problem Jessie Graham Flower
  • I immured them in these cellars, with ten years' provisions.

    The Pirate's Pocket Book

    Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • My parents would not hear of the marriage, and immured me in the spare room.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • We shall be immured there, and at the mercy of that man, that monster!

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • It seemed as though he were doomed to remain for ever immured in this horrible place.

    A Chinese Command Harry Collingwood
British Dictionary definitions for immured

immure

/ɪˈmjʊə/
verb (transitive)
1.
(archaic or literary) to enclose within or as if within walls; imprison
2.
to shut (oneself) away from society
3.
(obsolete) to build into or enclose within a wall
Derived Forms
immurement, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin immūrāre, from Latin im- (in) + mūrus a wall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for immured

immure

v.

1580s, from Middle French emmurer and directly from Medieval Latin immurare, literally "to shut up within walls," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + Latin murus "wall" (see mural). Related: Immured; immuring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for immured

Word Value for immured

12
15
Scrabble Words With Friends