an excavation in earth or rock for the burial of a corpse; grave.
a mausoleum, burial chamber, or the like.
a monument for housing or commemorating a dead person.
any sepulchral structure.
verb (used with object)
to place in or as if in a tomb; entomb; bury.

1225–75; Middle English tumbe < Anglo-French; Old French tombe < Late Latin tumba < Greek týmbos burial mound; akin to Latin tumēre to swell. See tumor, tumulus

tombal, adjective
tombless, adjective
tomblike, adjective
untombed, adjective Unabridged
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tomb (tuːm)
1.  a place, esp a vault beneath the ground, for the burial of a corpse
2.  a stone or other monument to the dead
3.  the tomb a poetic term for death
4.  anything serving as a burial place: the sea was his tomb
5.  rare (tr) to place in a tomb; entomb
[C13: from Old French tombe, from Late Latin tumba burial mound, from Greek tumbos; related to Latin tumēre to swell, Middle Irish tomm hill]

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Word Origin & History

c.1275, from Anglo-Fr. tumbe, O.Fr. tombe (12c.), from L.L. tumba (cf. It. tomba, Fr. tombe, Sp. tumba), from Gk. tymbos "burial mound, grave, tomb," from PIE base *teu- "to swell" (see thigh). The final -b began to be silent 14c. (cf. lamb,
dumb). The Tombs, slang for "New York City prison" is recorded from 1840. A tombstone (1565) originally was a horizontal stone covering a grave (or the lid of a stone coffin); meaning "gravestone, headstone" is attested from 1711.
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Example sentences
His tomb became a place of great devotion, and famed for miracles.
Over the years his bones have darkened to the rich caramels of their earthen tomb.
Donate to the charities but this amount is only enough to buy a ticket to the old tomb.
The tomb contained a wooden coffin decorated with a copper lattice and a gilded
  mask, sitting on a raised platform.
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