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
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Related Words for entombment

funeral, sepulture, interment, inurnment

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verb (tr)

to place in or as if in a tomb; bury; inter
to serve as a tomb for
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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