• (British) IPA: /ˈsɛpəlkə(r)/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈsɛpəlkɚ/

sepulchre (plural sepulchres)

  1. A burial chamber.
    • c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iv], page 269 ↗:
      He is knight dubb'd with vnhatche'd Rapier, and on carpet conſideration, but he is a diuell in priuate brawl#English|brall, soules and bodies hath he diuorc'd three, and his incenſement at this moment is ſo implacable, that ſatisfaction can be none, but by pangs of death and ſepulcher: Hob, nob, is his word: giu't or take't.
  2. (Christianity, historical) A recess in some early churches in which the reserved sacrament, etc. were kept from Good Friday till Easter.
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sepulchre (sepulchres, present participle sepulchring; past and past participle sepulchred)

  1. (transitive) To place in a sepulchre.

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