tome

[tohm]

noun

a book, especially a very heavy, large, or learned book.
a volume forming a part of a larger work.

Nearby words

  1. tombstone,
  2. tombstone ad,
  3. tombé,
  4. tomcat,
  5. tomcod,
  6. tomentose,
  7. tomentum,
  8. tomfool,
  9. tomfoolery,
  10. tomism

Origin of tome

1510–20; < French < Latin tomus < Greek tómos slice, piece, roll of paper, book, akin to témnein to cut

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British Dictionary definitions for tomes

tome

noun

a large weighty book
one of the several volumes of a work

Word Origin for tome

C16: from French, from Latin tomus section of larger work, from Greek tomos a slice, from temnein to cut; related to Latin tondēre to shear

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Word Origin and History for tomes

tome

n.

1510s, from Middle French tome, from Latin tomus "section of a book, tome," from Greek tomos "volume, section of a book," originally "section, piece cut off," from temnein "to cut," from PIE *tom-/*tem- "to cut" (cf. second element in Latin aestimare "to value, appraise," Old Church Slavonic tina "to cleave, split," Middle Irish tamnaim "I cut off," Welsh tam "morsel"). Originally "a single volume of a multi-volume work;" sense of "a large book" is attested from 1570s.

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