Definition of embalm in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbɑːm/
Pronunciation: /ɛmˈbɑːm/


[with object]
1 (often as noun embalming) Preserve (a corpse) from decay, originally with spices and now usually by arterial injection of a preservative: the Egyptian method of embalming
More example sentences
  • The Longhua Funeral Home has set up a department especially for foreigners, which helps to embalm and pack the corpses and deal with the procedures required to transport them from the country.
  • As he stood up to leave, Digger came in, fresh from embalming a corpse, rubber gloves in hand.
  • But Mr Lenkiewicz refused to disclose where the body was kept, saying it was the tramp's wish that his body should be embalmed and preserved.
preserve, mummify, lay out, anoint
1.1Preserve (someone or something) in an unaltered state: the band was all about revitalizing pop greats and embalming their legacy
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  • His reputation is embalmed, still, in the romantic notions inflicted upon it by his early, maudlin admirers.
  • But by the time they came to embalm the nation thirty years later, each eliminated virtually any reference to its external record from their retrospections.
  • The smug and superior manner in which the rest of the country has embalmed the region in the 1960s, so as to better patronize it, has echoes of Europeans on an anti-American binge.
conserve, preserve, immortalize, enshrine;
cherish, treasure, store, consecrate
2 archaic Give a pleasant fragrance to: the buxom air, embalm’d with odours



Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbɑːmə/
Pronunciation: /ɛmˈbɑːmə/
Example sentences
  • This all fits with Jessica Mitford's contention in The American Way of Death that thanks to professional embalmers, funeral homes and crematoria, death in modern times has become increasingly remote and sanitised.
  • However, this part of the team believes it also possible, although less likely, that this fracture was caused by the embalmers.
  • Sadly, some deaths are in tragic circumstances and while embalmers are very skilled, they cannot rebuild a person.


Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbɑːmm(ə)nt/
Pronunciation: /ɛmˈbɑːmm(ə)nt/
Example sentences
  • But they discover an excavation beneath The Center that turns out to be Plato's Cave, and the discovery saves them from a living embalmment as satisfied simulacra.
  • The Bemba people at Kasama in the Northern Province have used the traditional technique of embalmment known as ukufumbuwila to preserve the body of their great and last King, Chitimukulu Chitapankwa II, Mutale Ng'andu.
  • The crematorium owner claimed that they will do 3 cremation per day, 3 embalmments per month.


Middle English: from Old French embaumer, from em- 'in' + baume 'balm', variant of basme (see balm).

Words that rhyme with embalm

alarm, arm, Bairam, balm, barm, becalm, calm, charm, farm, forearm, Guam, harm, imam, ma'am, malm, Montcalm, Notre-Dame, palm, psalm, qualm, salaam, smarm

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