1An underground cemetery consisting of a subterranean gallery with recesses for tombs, as constructed by the ancient Romans.
- While their Roman counterparts worshipped in catacombs and underground vaults, the Egyptian Christians built their churches openly and performed their ceremonies in full view of the Empire.
- The catacombs are the ancient underground cemeteries used by the Christians and the Jewish people in Rome.
- Megalithic temples that predate the Egyptian pyramids, Bronze Age archaeological sites, Phoenician inscriptions, and Roman catacombs all contribute to a sense of nationhood.
1.1An underground construction resembling the catacombs built by ancient Romans.
- And because of its sudden notoriety, the Hell-Fire Club had to move from the abbey at Medmenham to a hidden warren of Gothic catacombs Sir Francis created at his nearby estate, some 30 miles north-west of London.
- He lived in dangerous times, so he constructed several secret passageways and catacombs underneath the city and inside the castle.
- Badgers actually live together in large underground catacombs called ‘setts.’
Old English, from late Latin catacumbas, the name of the subterranean cemetery of St. Sebastian near Rome.
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