- 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.
- 1.3Used in similes and metaphors to refer to a place or situation that is extremely cold, quiet, or dark, or that forms a confining enclosure: the house was as quiet as a tombMore example sentences
- The top of the house seems to go on forever, as dark and quiet as a tomb.
- His footsteps were ten times louder when there was no other sound; no servants working or glass trinkets falling made the palace quieter than a tomb.
- She's whipped the place into shape and everything's sparkly clean, not to mention the fact that the place is as quiet as a tomb, aside from the tapping of keyboards or phone ringing.
Middle English: from Old French tombe, from late Latin tumba, from Greek tumbos.