Can anybody tell me if there is a difference in meaning and/or usage of "a book" vs "a tome"?
So far, I found on the internet that:
- a book is a general, versatile term
- a tome is an unusually thick book
Is that correct?
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Tome (n.) is an old term which is used to indicate a large, heavy book:
- 1510s, "a single volume of a multi-volume work," from Middle French tome (16c.), from Latin tomus. Sense of "a large book" is attested from 1570s.
As Merriam-Webster tells us, a tome may be:
Thus tome is a hyponim of book. However, now tome mostly means just a very thick book, perhaps with an ironical connotation.