Definition of sepulchre in English:

sepulchre

Line breaks: sep|ul¦chre
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛp(ə)lkə
 
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(US sepulcher)

noun

  • A small room or monument, cut in rock or built of stone, in which a dead person is laid or buried.
    More example sentences
    • And he took it down, wrapped it in a long linen swathing cloth, and laid it in an unused sepulchre hewn from the rock.
    • The place seemed as an open tomb, an unsealed sepulcher, a deathly resting place, quietly awaiting corpses to crowd its halls and fulfill its purpose.
    • So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
    Synonyms
    tomb, vault, burial place, burial chamber, crypt, catacomb, mausoleum, sarcophagus, pyramid; grave; Archaeology mastaba
    rare undercroft

verb

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  • Lay or bury in or as if in a sepulchre: tomes are soon out of print and sepulchred in the dust of libraries

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin sepulcrum 'burial place', from sepelire 'bury'.

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