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tomb

[toom]
noun
  1. an excavation in earth or rock for the burial of a corpse; grave.
  2. a mausoleum, burial chamber, or the like.
  3. a monument for housing or commemorating a dead person.
  4. any sepulchral structure.
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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
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Related Words for tombs

burial, monument, vault, pit, coffin, mausoleum, box, crypt, sepulcher, catacomb, trough, grave

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British Dictionary definitions for tombs

tomb

noun
  1. a place, esp a vault beneath the ground, for the burial of a corpse
  2. a stone or other monument to the dead
  3. the tomb a poetic term for death
  4. anything serving as a burial placethe sea was his tomb
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verb
  1. (tr) rare to place in a tomb; entomb
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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 tombs

tomb

n.

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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