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

1425–75; late Middle English entoumben < Middle French entomber. See en-1, tomb
Related formsen·tomb·ment, nounun·en·tombed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for entomb

Historical Examples of entomb

  • To collect them was the first duty of his descendants and followers, and then to entomb them.

  • I thought of the graves more hopeless fur than them that entomb the dead,—the graves where lay the livin' dead.

    Sweet Cicely

    Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley

  • Entomb him in silence and he'll be a body of death and corruption in two weeks.

    The Thunders of Silence

    Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

  • Seemingly Wanderslore was fated to entomb one by one all my discarded possessions.

    Memoirs of a Midget

    Walter de la Mare

  • Thee the dogs shall rend Dishonorably, and the fowls of air, But all Achaia's host shall him entomb.

British Dictionary definitions for entomb


verb (tr)

to place in or as if in a tomb; bury; inter
to serve as a tomb for
Derived Formsentombment, noun
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

Word Origin and History for entomb

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