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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
tomb /tum/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a hole dug in earth for the burial of a corpse;
    a grave.
  2. a large burial chamber or the like.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
tomb (to̅o̅m), 
n. 
  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.

v.t. 
  1. to place in or as if in a tomb;
    entomb;
    bury.
Etymology:
  • Greek týmbos burial mound; akin to Latin tumēre to swell. See tumor, tumulus
  • Late Latin tumba
  • Anglo-French; Old French tombe
  • Middle English tumbe 1225–75
tombal,adj. 
tombless,adj. 
tomblike′,adj. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

tomb /tuːm/ n
  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
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French tombe, from Late Latin tumba burial mound, from Greek tumbos; related to Latin tumēre to swell, Middle Irish tomm hill



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