A book, especially a large, heavy, scholarly one: a weighty tome
More example sentences
- He struggled under the weight of the heavy tomes, his twiggy arms flailing pitifully.
- Heavy tomes covered much of the walls but he only ran a hand over a few of the calfskin covers.
- After flipping through the heavy pages of the tome for nearly half an hour, she had to admit defeat.
early 16th century (denoting one volume of a larger work): from French, via Latin from Greek tomos 'section, roll of papyrus, volume'; related to temnein 'to cut'.