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ˈsɛn əˌtæf, -ˌtɑfceno·taph

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cenotaph, empty tombnoun

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


  1. cenotaphnoun

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

    Etymology: From κενός + τάφος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cenotaphnoun

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

    Etymology: [Gr. kenota`fion; keno`s empty + ta`fos burial, tomb: cf. F. cnotaphe.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cenotaph

    sen′ō-taf, n. a sepulchral monument to one who is buried elsewhere. [Fr.,—L.—Gr. kenotaphionkenos, empty, and taphos, a tomb.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. cenotaph

    The empty tomb of a hero, or monument erected in honor of a person, without the body of the deceased being interred in or near it.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cenotaph in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cenotaph in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of cenotaph in a Sentence

  1. Shelley Anderson:

    A cenotaph, a vocabulary word I learned from the governor of Texas ... When you put up a headstone, but there's no actual body buried, it's called a cenotaph.

  2. Alfonsina Russo:

    This area is highly symbolic. This surely cannot be Romulus' tomb, but it is a place of memory, a cenotaph.

  3. Liza Bilal:

    In the summer I saw a group of White supremacists. I think there were maybe around 200-300 guarding the Cenotaph [ war memorial ] which is next to the plinth from which Edward Colston was torn down.

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