Definition of cenotaph in English:

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cenotaph

Pronunciation: /ˈsenəˌtaf/

noun

A tomblike 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.

Origin

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

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ce·no·taph

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