Definition of catacombs noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkætəkuːmz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəkoʊmz//
[plural] Death
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a series of underground tunnels used for burying dead people, especially in ancient times See related entries: Death Word OriginOld English, from late Latin catacumbas, the name of the subterranean cemetery of St Sebastian near Rome; reinforced in late Middle English by French catacombes.
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