Cenotaph meaning

sĕnə-tăf
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A monument erected to honour the dead whose bodies lie elsewhere; especially members of the armed forces who died in battle.
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A monument erected in honor of a dead person whose remains lie elsewhere.
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A monument or empty tomb honoring a person or persons whose remains are elsewhere.
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Origin of cenotaph

  • French cénotaphe from Old French from Latin cenotaphium from Greek kenotaphion kenos empty taphos tomb

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French cénotaphe, from Ancient Greek κενός (kenos, “empty”) + τάφος (taphos, “tomb”).

    From Wiktionary