sepulchre

There are many possible resting places for your body once you die, and a sepulcher is the best option if you want a fancy room made entirely from stone. Think it over, because you can only choose once.

Crypts, mausoleums, sarcophagi, sepulchers: each one is a place to bury someone, with slight variations. A sepulcher (or if you’re British you’ll spell it sepulchre) is basically a stone room with a stone coffin where your body lies. The word comes from the Latin sepulcrum, which means “burial place,” for obvious reasons. Pronouncing sepulcher could trick you, because the ch actually sounds like a k: "SEP-ul-ker."

Definitions of sepulchre
  1. noun
    a chamber that is used as a grave
    synonyms: burial chamber, sepulcher, sepulture
    see moresee less
    examples:
    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
    types:
    show 6 types...
    hide 6 types...
    crypt
    a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)
    mausoleum
    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
    columbarium
    a sepulchral vault or other structure having recesses in the walls to receive cinerary urns
    type of:
    chamber
    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)
Word Family