- 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.
- to place in or as if in a tomb; entomb; bury.
Origin of tomb
Related Words for tombburial, monument, vault, pit, coffin, mausoleum, box, crypt, sepulcher, catacomb, trough, grave
Examples from the Web for tomb
Contemporary Examples of tomb
In addition to visiting the tomb of John Paul, who died of natural causes in 2005, Agca asked to see his successor, Pope Francis.
He has put flowers on the tomb of John Paul II,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, “I think that is enough.
But the proud stone lion that once stood atop the tomb, as Peristeri has often maintained, suggests a male occupant and a warrior.Is This Alexander the Great’s Tomb—or His Wife’s?
December 12, 2014
The tomb, though much smaller than the palace, is similarly a vision of ornate twists, arches, and peaks.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
Archeological finds at the Amphipolis tomb may date back to Alexander the Great.Amphipolis Tomb Yields Amazing Finds But Mysteries Linger
October 17, 2014
Historical Examples of tomb
It is a single round, low tower, shaped like the tomb of Cacilia Metella.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
They left it on her breast, in the coffin, and it went with that guilty woman to the tomb.Other Tales and Sketches
At my departure their tomb had been hidden in the morning mist.Fragments from The Journal of a Solitary Man
Like the tomb of William the Conqueror at Caen, it disappeared long ago.Yorkshire Painted And Described
It should not be a tomb save as upon the fourth day the sepulchre in the garden!Weighed and Wanting
- 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
Word Origin for tomb
Word Origin and History for tomb
late 13c., from Anglo-French tumbe, Old French tombe (12c.), from Late Latin tumba (cf. Italian tomba, French tombe, Spanish tumba), from Greek tymbos "burial mound, grave, tomb," from PIE root *teu- "to swell" (see thigh). The final -b began to be silent 14c. (cf. lamb, dumb). The Tombs, slang for "New York City prison" is recorded from 1840.