What does cenotaph mean?

Definitions for cenotaphˈsɛn əˌtæf, -ˌtɑf

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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


  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

  2. Origin: [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.]

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  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.

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