cem·​e·​tery | \ ˈse-mə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce cemetery (audio) , -ˌte-rē\
plural cemeteries

Definition of cemetery

: a burial ground

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Examples of cemetery in a Sentence

many of the soldiers who died in the battle are buried in a cemetery nearby

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Sánchez had wanted to exhume the former dictator from the Valley of the Fallen, a self-aggrandizing mausoleum, on June 10 and move the embalmed body to a public cemetery in the outskirts of Madrid. Washington Post, "Spanish court halts government plan to exhume Franco," 5 June 2019 Thursday will be the high point of the 75th anniversary, with ceremonies on the Normandy beaches and at a nearby cemetery. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "97-year-old Coronado D-Day vet jumps again in France," 5 June 2019 As she was buried at a cemetery near Maynardville, Tenn., Feb. 2, four Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet jets—all piloted by women—flew over to honor her. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Rosemary Mariner, Spurned by Airline Executive, Led Way for Female Pilots in U.S. Navy," 15 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, state officials are trying to construct a cemetery to hold unclaimed bodies that could be located again if they are identified. Fox News, "Mexico fires morgue director in corpse scandal," 18 Sep. 2018 Now, Spain’s newest prime minister Pedro Sánchez, installed June 2, says Franco’s exhumation to a less controversial cemetery is imminent. Joseph Zeballos-roig, The New Republic, "How to Dig Up a Dictator," 11 July 2018 The cemetery was nearly empty, with no one to interview but the dead. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "‘China Could Have Been a Very Different Country.’ A Search for Family Reveals a Lost Moment," 7 Mar. 2019 The ancient Roman cemetery is just one of latest Roman-era finds across the world. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "2,000-year-old Roman cemetery discovered in England," 19 Sep. 2018 An accompanying cemetery is where Jamul Kumeyaay buried their dead. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Jamul-Rancho San Diego: Historic rancho served as seashell trading post, hosts new casino," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of cemetery

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cemetery

Middle English cimitery, from Anglo-French cimiterie, from Late Latin coemeterium, from Greek koimētērion sleeping chamber, burial place, from koiman to put to sleep; akin to Greek keisthai to lie, Sanskrit śete he lies

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English Language Learners Definition of cemetery

: a place where dead people are buried


cem·​e·​tery | \ ˈse-mə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce cemetery (audio) \
plural cemeteries

Kids Definition of cemetery

: a place where dead people are buried : graveyard

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