Definitions for cenotaphˈsɛn əˌtæf, -ˌtɑf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cen•o•taphˈsɛn əˌtæf, -ˌtɑf(n.)

  1. a sepulchral monument erected in memory of a deceased person whose body is buried elsewhere.

Origin of cenotaph:

1595–1605; < L cenotaphium < Gk kenotáphion=kenó(s) empty +-taphion, der. of táphos tomb

cen`o•taph′ic-ˈtæf ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cenotaph, empty tomb(noun)

    a monument built to honor people whose remains are interred elsewhere or whose remains cannot be recovered

Wiktionary

  1. cenotaph(Noun)

    A monument erected to honour the dead whose bodies lie elsewhere; especially members of the armed forces who died in battle.

  2. Origin: From κενός + τάφος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cenotaph(noun)

    an empty tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person who is buried elsewhere

Freebase

  1. Cenotaph

    A cenotaph is an "empty tomb" or a monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. It can also be the initial tomb for a person who has since been interred elsewhere. The word derives from the Greek: κενοτάφιον = kenotaphion. Although the vast majority of cenotaphs are erected in honour of individuals, many noted cenotaphs are instead dedicated to the memories of groups of individuals, such as the lost soldiers of one country or empire.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

cenotaph(noun)

a monument to a person or people buried elsewhere, especially a monument built in memory of soldiers etc killed in war.

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