A sepulcher is a burial vault or tomb, like the one that is featured prominently in the final scenes of Romeo and Juliet. (Of course, for those who haven’t read the play yet, we’re not suggesting that anyone dies, necessarily.)

Sepulchers often appear in literature, probably because they instantly convey sadness, spookiness, and all sorts of other unpleasant emotions. For example, Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee” tells the story of the narrator's true love, who now lies “[i]n the sepulcher there by the sea.” When reading "Annabel Lee," Romeo and Juliet, and other similarly depressing works aloud, note that sepulcher is pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable.

Definitions of sepulcher
  1. noun
    a chamber that is used as a grave
    synonyms: burial chamber, sepulchre, sepulture
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    Holy Sepulcher
    the sepulcher in which Christ's body lay between burial and resurrection
    Mausoleum at Halicarnasus
    a white marble mausoleum 140 feet high built in 352 BC at Halicarnassus as a memorial to a king; destroyed in 1402
    Taj Mahal
    beautiful mausoleum at Agra built by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan (completed in 1649) in memory of his favorite wife
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    a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)
    a large burial chamber, usually above ground
    monument, repository
    a burial vault (usually for some famous person)
    burial vault, vault
    a burial chamber (usually underground)
    charnel, charnel house
    a vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited
    a sepulchral vault or other structure having recesses in the walls to receive cinerary urns
    type of:
    a natural or artificial enclosed space
    grave, tomb
    a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)
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