cenotaph

[sen-uh-taf, -tahf]
noun
a sepulchral monument erected in memory of a deceased person whose body is buried elsewhere.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin cenotaphium < Greek kenotáphion, equivalent to kenó(s) empty + -taphion (táph(os) tomb + -ion diminutive suffix)

cenotaphic [sen-uh-taf-ik] , adjective
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cenotaph (ˈsɛnəˌtɑːf)
 
n
a monument honouring a dead person or persons buried elsewhere
 
[C17: from Latin cenotaphium, from Greek kenotaphion, from kenos empty + taphos tomb]
 
ceno'taphic
 
adj

Cenotaph (ˈsɛnəˌtɑːf)
 
n
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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cenotaph
c.1600, from Fr. cénotaphe (16c.), from L. cenotaphium, from Gk. kenotaphion, from kenos "empty" + taphos "tomb."
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Example sentences
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.
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