noun, verb (used with object), sep·ul·chred, sep·ul·chring. Chiefly British.
- 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
Synonyms for sepulcher
Examples from the Web for sepulchre
Historical Examples of sepulchre
It should not be a tomb save as upon the fourth day the sepulchre in the garden!Weighed and Wanting
The sepulchre of Lazarus was a cave, with a large stone upon its mouth.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
A family or a burial association needed a place of sepulchre.
Indeed, the sepulchre was empty now, the very ashes had been swept out of it.
What a place to bury a king who had built a great pyramid for his sepulchre!Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
Word Origin 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.