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tome

Syllabification: tome
Pronunciation: /tōm
 
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Definition of tome in English:

noun

chiefly humorous
A book, especially a large, heavy, scholarly one: a weighty tome
More example sentences
  • He struggled under the weight of the heavy tomes, his twiggy arms flailing pitifully.
  • Heavy tomes covered much of the walls but he only ran a hand over a few of the calfskin covers.
  • After flipping through the heavy pages of the tome for nearly half an hour, she had to admit defeat.
Synonyms

Origin

early 16th century (denoting one volume of a larger work): from French, via Latin from Greek tomos 'section, roll of papyrus, volume'; related to temnein 'to cut'.

Words that rhyme with tome

brome, chrome, comb, Crome, dome, foam, gnome, holm, Holme, hom, home, Jerome, loam, Nome, ohm, om, roam, Rome

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