Word of the Day : January 11, 2022
What It Means
A tome is a large or scholarly book.
// The book is a literary tome set during the French Revolution.
Tome in Context
“Paul McCartney, the iconic Beatles band member, … has put out a tome of a memoir. Inside the creator recounts his more than eight decades of songwriting.” — Anna Tingley, Reuters, 2 Nov. 2021
Did You Know?
Tome comes from Greek tomos, meaning “section” or “roll of papyrus.” The Greek is related to the verb temnein, “to cut”; in ancient times, long scrolls of papyrus were divided into sections. When tome was first used in English, it referred to a book that was a part of a multi-volume work or a major part of a single-volume book.