- A monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere or unknown.
- An empty tomb or a symbolic memorial to honor the dead.
Late 17th century: via latin from greek kenotaphion, from kenos "empty" + taphos "tomb".
- The cenotaph in the town square honored the soldiers who had died in the war.
- Every year on Remembrance Day, people gather at the cenotaph to pay their respects to the fallen.
- The cenotaph was a simple, yet elegant monument that had been erected to commemorate those who had lost their lives.
- The cenotaph served as a place of reflection and remembrance for the families of the victims.
- Visitors to the cemetery were often struck by the simple beauty of the cenotaph, which was a symbol of the sacrifices made by so many.