[ toom ]
/ tum /


an excavation in earth or rock for the burial of a corpse; grave.
a mausoleum, burial chamber, or the like.
a monument for housing or commemorating a dead person.
any sepulchral structure.

verb (used with object)

to place in or as if in a tomb; entomb; bury.

Origin of tomb

1225–75; Middle English tumbe < Anglo-French; Old French tombe < Late Latin tumba < Greek týmbos burial mound; akin to Latin tumēre to swell. See tumor, tumulus


tomb·al, adjectivetomb·less, adjectivetomb·like, adjectiveun·tombed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for tomb

/ (tuːm) /


a place, esp a vault beneath the ground, for the burial of a corpse
a stone or other monument to the dead
the tomb a poetic term for death
anything serving as a burial placethe sea was his tomb


(tr) rare to place in a tomb; entomb

Derived forms of tomb

tomblike, adjective

Word Origin for tomb

C13: from Old French tombe, from Late Latin tumba burial mound, from Greek tumbos; related to Latin tumēre to swell, Middle Irish tomm hill
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