American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A monument erected in honor of a dead person whose remains lie elsewhere.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An empty tomb erected in honor of some deceased person; a sepulchral monument erected to one who is buried elsewhere.
- To honor or commemorate with a cenotaph.
- n. A monument erected to honour the dead whose bodies lie elsewhere; especially members of the armed forces who died in battle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An empty tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person who is buried elsewhere.
- n. a monument built to honor people whose remains are interred elsewhere or whose remains cannot be recovered
- From Ancient Greek κενός (kenos, "empty") + τάφος (taphos, "tomb"). (Wiktionary)
- French cénotaphe, from Old French, from Latin cenotaphium, from Greek kenotaphion : kenos, empty + taphos, tomb. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Over the cenotaph is his bust, and a representation of his first telescope.”
“A cenotaph is a monument erected to the memory of one dead, but not marking the spot in which his remains rest.”
“A cenotaph is a memorial built to one who is buried elsewhere.”
“Near the cenotaph is a marble pillar on which once was set the Koh-i-noor diamond, chief of Akbar's treasures.”
“To be technical about it, that's not his tombstone, it's a cenotaph (A cenotaph is a tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person or group of persons whose remains are elsewhere) as the only thing found of Capt.”
“It wasn't until 1934 that then commissioner Cortlandt Starnes requested that a memorial tablet, later known as the cenotaph, be built to honour regular members who were killed in the line of duty.”
“Mr. Critchlow, being unfamiliar with the word "cenotaph," consulted Worcester's Dictionary, and when he found that it meant”
“= "-- We are told that a cenotaph is a monument" in memory of one buried elsewhere "-- otherwise," an empty tomb. ”
“cenotaph" and our own, into unimagined aerial spaces.”
“Looking up she notice one of the tiles from the cenotaph missing and realized she was staring at the remains of the letter “Z” from the word “lazy”.”
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