- The definition of a tomb is a vault or chamber where dead people are buried.
An example of a tomb is an underground room with coffins.
- a vault, chamber, or grave for the dead
- a burial monument or cenotaph
Origin of tombMiddle English toumbe ; from Anglo-French tumbe (OFr tombe) ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin tumba ; from Classical Greek tymbos, tomb, funeral mound ; from Indo-European an unverified form tu-, variant, variety of base an unverified form teu-, to swell from source thumb, tumor
- A grave or other place of burial.
- A vault or chamber for burial of the dead.
- A monument commemorating the dead.
Origin of tombMiddle English, from Old French tombe, from Late Latin tumba, from Greek tumbos; see teu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- A small building ("vault") for the remains of the dead, with walls, a roof, and (if it is to be used for more than one corpse) a door. It may be partly or wholly in the ground (except for its entrance) in a cemetery, or it may be inside a church proper or in its crypt. Single tombs may be permanently sealed; those for families (other groups) have doors for access whenever needed.
- A pit in which the dead body of a human being is deposited; a grave.
(third-person singular simple present tombs, present participle tombing, simple past and past participle tombed)
- to bury.
From Latin tumba from Ancient Greek τύμβος (tumbos, “a sepulchral mound, tomb, grave”).