Definition of catacomb in English:

catacomb

Line breaks: cata|comb
Pronunciation: /ˈkatəkuːm
 
, -kəʊm/

noun

(usually catacombs)
1An underground cemetery consisting of a subterranean gallery with recesses for tombs, as constructed by the ancient Romans.
More example sentences
  • While their Roman counterparts worshipped in catacombs and underground vaults, the Egyptian Christians built their churches openly and performed their ceremonies in full view of the Empire.
  • The catacombs are the ancient underground cemeteries used by the Christians and the Jewish people in Rome.
  • Megalithic temples that predate the Egyptian pyramids, Bronze Age archaeological sites, Phoenician inscriptions, and Roman catacombs all contribute to a sense of nationhood.
Synonyms
underground cemetery, sepulchre, crypt, vault, mausoleum, tomb, ossuary; tunnels, labyrinth, maze
1.1An underground construction resembling or compared to catacombs.
More example sentences
  • And because of its sudden notoriety, the Hell-Fire Club had to move from the abbey at Medmenham to a hidden warren of Gothic catacombs Sir Francis created at his nearby estate, some 30 miles north-west of London.
  • He lived in dangerous times, so he constructed several secret passageways and catacombs underneath the city and inside the castle.
  • Badgers actually live together in large underground catacombs called ‘setts.’

Origin

Old English, from late Latin catacumbas, the name of the subterranean cemetery of St Sebastian near Rome.

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