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cenotaph Syllabification: ce·no·taph
Pronunciation: /ˈsenəˌtaf/

Definition of cenotaph in English:


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.


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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