noun, verb (used with object), sep·ul·chred, sep·ul·chring. Chiefly British.
Definition for sepulchre (2 of 2)
- 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.
verb (used with object)
Origin of sepulcher
Examples from the Web for sepulchre
I send you a sketch that I made on the spot of Gordons sepulchre, to show you the universal plan of these burial-places.Letters from the Holy Land|Elizabeth Butler
Who could ever have imagined anything like that sort of sepulchre in the midst of Paris!Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
From this narrative it would seem that, for one night, the sepulchre was unsealed and unguarded.The Real Jesus of the Four Gospels|J. B. Atwater
Of course we should only sleep in the sepulchre—a good lamp would give all the light required.James Geikie|Marion I. Newbigin
No Cabinet will be anxious to draw them from the sepulchre of its archives.History of Modern Europe 1972-1878|C. A. Fyffe
British Dictionary definitions for sepulchre
Word Origin for 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.