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verb (used with object)
  1. to place in a tomb; bury; inter.
  2. to serve as a tomb for: Florentine churches entomb many great men.
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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
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Related Words

funeral, sepulture, interment, inurnment

Examples from the Web for entombment

Historical Examples

  • On the wall beneath are the Descent from the Cross and the Entombment.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Winchester

    Philip Walsingham Sergeant

  • The Entombment followed, the Madonna in black lamenting and weeping.


    Henry Festing Jones

  • There was another painting, also by the Princess, representing the Entombment.

  • Coxcie, altar-piece (the entombment) and frescoes by Salviati.

    Walks in Rome

    Augustus J.C. Hare

  • The second chapel on the eastern side of the south transept contained an Entombment dating from 1531.

British Dictionary definitions for entombment


verb (tr)
  1. to place in or as if in a tomb; bury; inter
  2. to serve as a tomb for
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Derived Formsentombment, noun
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Word Origin and History for entombment



1570s, from Old French entomber "place in a tomb," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + tombe "tomb" (see tomb). Related: Entombed; entombing.

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