Meaning of “tomb” in the English Dictionary

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"tomb" in British English

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tombnoun [ C ]

uk /tuːm/ us /tuːm/

Examples

  • The tomb was honeycombed with passages and chambers.
  • For centuries the tomb lay inviolate until, by chance, it was discovered by two miners.
  • His tomb was covered with a yellow patina of lichen.
  • When they opened up the tomb they found treasure beyond their wildest dreams.

Examples from literature

  • Archaeologists learned that some people kept cats just so they could kill them and bury them in tombs. 
  • Inside the tomb, scientists found a lot of gold. 
  • Many of the tombs are falling apart. 
  • The archaeologist studies treasures found in tombs. 
  • The message said that anyone who enters the king’s tomb will die. 
  • The pyramids in Egypt are really the tombs of ancient pharaohs. 
  • These tombs for the dead are more expensive than the houses of the living. 
  • They found a mummy in the tomb. 
  • Things like fine cloth, coffins, and tombs were also expensive. 
  • When one of them died, they built a special tomb – a pyramid. 

(Definition of “tomb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tomb" in American English

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tombnoun [ C ]

us /tum/

a structure or underground room where someone, esp. an important person, is buried

(Definition of “tomb” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)