[ 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.

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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

Related formstomb·al, adjectivetomb·less, adjectivetomb·like, adjectiveun·tombed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formstomblike, 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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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.

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