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.

verb (used with object)

  1. to place in or as if in a tomb; entomb; bury.


  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


  1. (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.

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