- 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.
Origin of sepulcher
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Examples from the Web for sepulchre
It should not be a tomb save as upon the fourth day the sepulchre in the garden!Weighed and Wanting
The sepulchre of Lazarus was a cave, with a large stone upon its mouth.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
A family or a burial association needed a place of sepulchre.
Indeed, the sepulchre was empty now, the very ashes had been swept out of it.
What a place to bury a king who had built a great pyramid for his sepulchre!Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
- a burial vault, tomb, or grave
- Also called: Easter sepulchre a separate alcove in some medieval churches in which the Eucharistic elements were kept from Good Friday until the Easter ceremonies
- (tr) to bury in a sepulchre
Word Origin and History for sepulchre
also sepulcher, c.1200, "tomb, burial place," especially the cave where Jesus was buried outside Jerusalem (Holy Sepulcher or Saint Sepulcher), from Old French sepulcre "tomb; the Holy Sepulchre" (11c.), from Latin sepulcrum "grave, tomb, place where a corpse is buried," from root of sepelire "to bury, embalm," originally "to perform rituals on a corpse," from PIE *sep-el-yo-, suffixed form of root *sep- "to handle (skillfully), to hold (reverently);" cf. Sanskrit saparyati "honors." No reason for the -ch- spelling, which dates to 13c. Whited sepulchre "hypocrite" is from Matt. xxiii.27.