sepulcher

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
sep•ul•cher /ˈsɛpəlkɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a tomb or grave.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
sep•ul•cher  (sepəl kər), 
n. 
  1. a tomb, grave, or burial place.
  2. Also called Easter sepulcher. [Eccles.]
      • a cavity in a mensa for containing relics of martyrs.
      • a structure or a recess in some old churches in which the Eucharist was deposited with due ceremonies on Good Friday and taken out at Easter in commemoration of Christ's entombment and Resurrection.

v.t. 
  1. to place in a sepulcher;
    bury.
Also,[esp. Brit.,]sepulchre. 
Etymology:
  • Latin sepulcrum, equivalent. to sepul- (variant stem of sepelīre to bury) + -crum noun, nominal suffix of place
  • Old French
  • Middle English sepulcre 1150–1200
1 . vault, mausoleum, crypt.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
sep•ul•chre  (sepəl kər), 
n., v.t., -chred, -chring. [Chiefly Brit.]
  1. British Termssepulcher.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

sepulchre, US sepulcher /ˈsɛpəlkə/ n
  1. a burial vault, tomb, or grave
  2. Also called: Easter sepulchre a separate alcove in some medieval churches in which the Eucharistic elements were kept from Good Friday until the Easter ceremonies
vb
  1. (transitive) to bury in a sepulchre
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old French sépulcre, from Latin sepulcrum, from sepelīre to bury



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