- a tomb, grave, or burial place.
- Also called Easter sepulcher. Ecclesiastical.
- a cavity in a mensa for containing relics of martyrs.
- a structure or a recess in some old churches in which the Eucharist was deposited with due ceremonies on Good Friday and taken out at Easter in commemoration of Christ's entombment and Resurrection.
- to place in a sepulcher; bury.
Also especially British, sep·ul·chre.
Origin of sepulcher
1150–1200; Middle English sepulcre < Old French < Latin sepulcrum, equivalent to sepul- (variant stem of sepelīre to bury) + -crum noun suffix of place
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1. vault, mausoleum, crypt.
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Examples from the Web for sepulcher
Then, covered by a mourning robe, they visited the Church of the Sepulcher.Peter the Hermit
Daniel A. Goodsell
His monument also, and sepulcher, are in the city of Gabatha.The Antiquities of the Jews
They came to see the sepulcher and were bringing spices in their hands.
At the call of the Life-giver, he that had been dead came to the door of the sepulcher.Best Stories from the Best Book
James Edson White
At this sepulcher they were not only devout, but also merry.History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6)