- a book, especially a very heavy, large, or learned book.
- a volume forming a part of a larger work.
Origin of tome
Examples from the Web for tomes
To be sure, “the guilt of the West is beyond anything that has been recorded in films and tomes and painting,” he said.Wole Soyinka's Nobel Nominees: The Malala Heroines
October 10, 2013
Indeed, the Sheikh is right; most of these tomes are good for nothing else.The Book of Khalid
Rises, removes a small screen to reveal a towering pile of tomes.We're Friends, Now
"And the client too," said Tomes aloud; but nobody had heard what I had said.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The room is pitch-dark always, and it is full of tables and tomes.
These are the spontaneous lenders, who insist that you shall borrow their tomes.The Library
- a large weighty book
- one of the several volumes of a work
Word Origin and History for tomes
1510s, from Middle French tome, from Latin tomus "section of a book, tome," from Greek tomos "volume, section of a book," originally "section, piece cut off," from temnein "to cut," from PIE *tom-/*tem- "to cut" (cf. second element in Latin aestimare "to value, appraise," Old Church Slavonic tina "to cleave, split," Middle Irish tamnaim "I cut off," Welsh tam "morsel"). Originally "a single volume of a multi-volume work;" sense of "a large book" is attested from 1570s.