- 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.
- 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
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.