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cenotaph

[sen-uh-taf, -tahf] /ˈsɛn əˌtæf, -ˌtɑf/
noun
1.
a sepulchral monument erected in memory of a deceased person whose body is buried elsewhere.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin cenotaphium < Greek kenotáphion, equivalent to kenó(s) empty + -taphion (táph(os) tomb + -ion diminutive suffix)
Related forms
cenotaphic
[sen-uh-taf-ik] /ˌsɛn əˈtæf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for cenotaph
  • The octagonal central chamber contains the cenotaph with diagonal sides leading to the corner-chambers.
  • To the left of the altar, against the east wall, is a marble cenotaph in the shape of an arched niche.
  • There is no cenotaph or column above his grave, but his monument is in every refined home throughout the world.
British Dictionary definitions for cenotaph

cenotaph

/ˈsɛnəˌtɑːf/
noun
1.
a monument honouring a dead person or persons buried elsewhere
Derived Forms
cenotaphic, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin cenotaphium, from Greek kenotaphion, from kenos empty + taphos tomb

Cenotaph

/ˈsɛnəˌtɑːf/
noun
1.
the Cenotaph, the monument in Whitehall, London, honouring the dead of both World Wars: designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens: erected in 1920
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Word Origin and History for cenotaph
n.

c.1600, from French cénotaphe (16c.), from Latin cenotaphium, from Greek kenotaphion, from kenos "empty" (see keno-) + taphos "tomb, burial, funeral," from PIE root *dhembh- "to bury."

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