- 1A large vault, typically an underground one, for burying the dead.More example sentences
- It is England's oldest borough; Athelstan, the first king of England was initially buried here and his tomb remains in the abbey.
- This is the town where Padro Pio spent most of his life and is buried in the tomb in the friary.
- The shrine was once a beautiful golden palace but the years had worn away its natural beauty and now only some walls, statues and the underground tombs remained.
- 1.1An enclosure for a corpse cut in the earth or in rock.More example sentences
- Our junket included stops at the ruins of a Roman coliseum, a sulfur mud bath, and some ancient Lycean rock tombs - all sites inaccessible by car or bus.
- It resembles the rock cut chambered tombs of the Mediterranean, though it is probably of local inspiration.
- In 1923 Sir Flinders Petrie found another cache of fossils at Qua, wrapped in linen and carefully stored in rock tombs.
- 1.2A monument to the memory of a dead person, erected over their burial place.More example sentences
- Her son Henry erected a tomb over her grave at Fontevraud.
- In Egypt pyramids were used as monumental tombs, whereas in Mesopotamia, Mesoamerica, and South America they were temple platforms.
- Abera is now a worthy successor to his great predecessor, whose premature death in 1973 is marked by a monumental tomb in Addis Ababa.
Middle English: from Old French tombe, from late Latin tumba, from Greek tumbos.