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cenotaph Line breaks: ceno|taph
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛnətɑːf/

Definition of cenotaph in English:


1A monument to someone buried elsewhere, especially one commemorating people who died in a war.
Example sentences
  • In the grounds, swathed in palm fronds, stands a marble cenotaph commemorating the dead of the Highland Light Infantry stationed in Karachi from 1898 to 1899.
  • Towns whose population has since dwindled to negligible still have their cenotaph or war memorial, as do schools and churches.
  • I was very pleased to see a lot of youths at the Remembrance service at the cenotaph in Milnrow Memorial Park on Sunday morning.
1.1 (the Cenotaph) The war memorial in Whitehall, London, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and erected in 1919–20.


Early 17th century: from French cénotaphe, from late Latin cenotaphium, from Greek kenos 'empty' + taphos 'tomb'.

  • This comes via French and Latin from Greek kenos ‘empty’ and taphos ‘tomb’.

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