- 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 tombsburial, monument, vault, pit, coffin, mausoleum, box, crypt, sepulcher, catacomb, trough, grave
Examples from the Web for tombs
Contemporary Examples of tombs
After the ceremony, revelers are expected to pray at their tombs.Popes, Saints, Miracles, Weird Relics and Odd Omens Converge on Rome
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 26, 2014
It was common for ancient Greek temples to be built over or near the tombs of local heroes.Virgin Sacrifice and the Meaning of the Parthenon
February 12, 2014
They are burial grounds and unmarked graves, and the camps are tombs.Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’
February 7, 2014
As the ground under foot grew unusually lumpy, I worried I was stepping on tombs.Uncovering Jamaica’s Jewish Past
Debra A. Klein
December 1, 2013
Soon after the preserved corpses were unveiled, curious people began paying workers a few pesos for a peek at the tombs.The Grisly Mummy Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico
October 10, 2013
Historical Examples of tombs
The answer is, once for all, leave town this afternoon, or you'll be in the Tombs in the morning.Within the Law
Mosques and churches and tombs had to be visited, but did not appeal to all tastes.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
One of the streets that leads out from the wall is called the "Street of Tombs."Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
But while he pointed out the tombs I felt the swift approach of Spring.The Harbor
Everywhere the tombs had been rifled and the monuments destroyed.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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 tombs
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.