cenotaph

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English[edit]

Lincoln's cenotaph
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Etymology[edit]

From French cénotaphe, from Ancient Greek κενός(kenós, empty) + τάφος(táphos, tomb).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɛn.əʊ.tæf/, /ˈsɛn.əʊ.tɑːf/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɛn.ə.tæf/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

cenotaph ‎(plural cenotaphs)

  1. A monument erected to honour the dead whose bodies lie elsewhere; especially members of the armed forces who died in battle.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, part 2, chapter 1
      [] tombs and cenotaphs were strewed thick around adorned by every renewing vegetation; []

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