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sepulcher

Definition:

a chamber that is used as a grave

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Derivative:

sepulcheral

Plural:

sepulchers

Type of:

chamber » enclosure » area » structure

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

burial chamber | sepulchre [British/Canadian spelling] | sepulture

Etymology:

"tomb, burial place", especially the cave where Jesus was buried outside...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Tomb

a repository for the remains of the dead. It's generally any structurally enclosed interment space or burial chamber, of varying sizes. The word is used in a broad sense to encompass a number of such types of places of interment or, occasionally,... (42 of 567 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Tomb

Collins Dictionary:

sepulcher [United States] | sepulchre | Easter sepulchre [synonym, sense-specific]

[US] Same as "sepulchre" | a burial vault, tomb, or grave | a separate alcove in some medieval churches in which the Eucharistic elements were kept ... (24 of 222 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sepulcher

Oxford Dictionary:

sepulcher | sepulchre [British]

Syllabification: (sep·ul·cher) | a small room or monument, cut in rock or built of stone, in which a dead person is laid or buried. | [transitive, ... (24 of 95 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/sepulcher

Random House Dictionary:

sepulcher | sepulchred [British, past tense] | sepulchring [British, present participle] | sepulchre [British, sense-specific] | Easter sepulcher [synonym, sense-specific]

a tomb, grave, or burial place. | [ecclesiastical] ; a cavity in a mensa for containing relics of martyrs. ; a structure or a recess in some old ... (27 of 73 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/sepulcher

New World Dictionary:

sepulcher | sepulchre [British] | sepulchred [British] | sepulchring [British]

a vault for burial; grave; tomb | [Roman Catholic] a small, sealed cavity, holding martyrs' relics, in a flat rectangular or square stone forming the ... (24 of 68 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sepulcher

American Heritage Dictionary:

sepulcher | sepulchered [past tense] | sepulchering [present participle] | sepulchers [3rd-person singular present] | sepulchre [British]

A burial vault. | A receptacle for sacred relics, especially in an altar. | To place into a sepulcher; inter. (18 of 47 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sepulcher

Wiktionary:

sepulcher | sepulchers [plural] | sepulchered [past tense] | sepulchering [present participle] | sepulchre [British, sense-specific] | tomb [synonym, sense-specific] | inter [synonym, sense-specific]

A burial chamber. | To bury the dead. (7 of 30 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sepulcher

Cambridge Dictionary:

sepulchre [dated] | sepulcher [United States]

a stone structure where someone is buried (7 of 17 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sepulchre

Merriam-Webster:

sepulchre [entry 1, noun] | sepulcher | tomb [synonym, sense-specific] | burial [synonym, sense-specific] | grave [synonym, sense-specific] | sepulture [synonym, sense-specific] | catacomb [similar, sense-specific] | charnel [similar, sense-specific] | columbarium [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a place of burial; "tomb" | a receptacle for religious relics especially in an altar (14 of 107 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sepulchre

sepulchre [entry 2, verb] | sepulchred [past tense] | sepulchered [past tense] | sepulchring [present participle] | sepulchering [present participle] | sepulcher | bury [synonym, sense-specific]

[archaic] to place in or as if in a sepulchre; "bury" | [archaic] to serve as a sepulchre for (18 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sepulchre show=1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sepulchre [countable, outdated] | sepulchres [plural]

a place made of stone in which dead people are buried (11 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sepulchre

Britannica Encyclopedia:

tomb [funerary architecture]

in the strictest sense, a home or house for the dead; the term is applied loosely to all kinds of graves, funerary monuments, and memorials. In many ... (27 of 521 words, 3 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/598873​/tomb

Columbia Encyclopedia:

tomb

vault or chamber constructed either partly or entirely above ground as a place of interment. Although it's often used as a synonym for grave, the word ... (26 of 359 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0849000​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

sepulcher | sepulchers [plural] | sepulchered [past tense] | sepulchering [present participle] | sepulchre [buildings, Christianity, Canadian spelling, British spelling]

a vault in which a corpse is buried | a container for sacred relics, especially one in an altar | to put a corpse into a sepulcher (literary) (26 of 78 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717954​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

sepulcher

First use: about 1200

Origin: "tomb, burial place", especially the cave where Jesus was buried outside Jerusalem (Holy Sepulcher or Saint Sepulcher), from Old French ... (22 of 53 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=sepulcher

New World Dictionary:

sepulcher

Origin: Middle English from Old French sepulcre from Latin sepulcrum from sepelire, to bury from Indo-European *sepel-, veneration ... (17 of 28 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sepulcher

American Heritage Dictionary:

sepulcher | sepulchered [past tense] | sepulchering [present participle] | sepulchers [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English sepulcre, from Old French, from Latin sepulcrum, sepulchrum, from sepultus, past participle of sepelīre, to bury the dead.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sepulcher

Collins Dictionary:

sepulcher [United States] | sepulchre

First use: 12th century

Origin: from Old French sépulcre, from Latin sepulcrum, from sepelīre to bury

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sepulcher

Oxford Dictionary:

sepulcher | sepulchre [British]

Origin: Middle English: via Old French from Latin sepulcrum "burial place", from sepelire "bury"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/sepulcher

Merriam-Webster:

sepulchre [entry 1, noun] | sepulcher

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English sepulcre, from Anglo-French, from Latin sepulcrum, sepulchrum, from sepelire to bury; akin to Greek ... (18 of 26 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sepulchre

Encarta Dictionary:

sepulcher | sepulchers [plural] | sepulchered [past tense] | sepulchering [present participle]

First use: 12th century

Origin: French from Latin sepulchrum from sepult-, past participle of sepelire "bury"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717954​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan American Dictionary:

sepulcher [countable, outdated] | sepulchers [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sepulcher"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/sepulcher

the Free Dictionary:

sepulcher

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "sepulcher"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "sepulcher"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/sepulcher

sepulchre

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "sepulchre"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "sepulchre"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "sepulchre" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/sepulchre

Google Dictionary:

sepulcher | sepulchres [plural] | sepulchers [plural] | sepulchered [past tense] | sepulchred [past tense] | sepulchring [present participle] | sepulchering [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "sepulcher"

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YourDictionary Audio:

sepulcher

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sepulcher" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sepulcher

sepulchre

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sepulchre"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sepulchre

Collins Dictionary:

sepulchre | sepulcher [United States]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sepulchre"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sepulchre

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sepulchre [countable, outdated] | sepulchres [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sepulchre"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sepulchre

Cambridge Dictionary:

sepulchre [dated]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "sepulchre"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "sepulchre"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sepulchre

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

sepulchre

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sepulchre"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=sepulc​03 word=sepulchre

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