cem·e·tery | \ˈse-mə-ˌter-ē, -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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That fraud also involved cemeteries in several other states. J.c. Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan fund backs questionable bid for scandal-plagued cemeteries," 4 July 2018 Several residents living near Pfund Park have objected to the township's plans to expand the cemetery, which dates to 1845, by using the park property. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Oswego approves controversial plan to convert parkland into cemetery expansion," 20 June 2018 In 2014, lava burned a house and destroyed a cemetery near the town of Pahoa. Bloomberg.com, "Hawaii Braces for Long Upheaval as Erupting Kilauea Boils," 6 May 2018 The splendor of Daffodil Hill is one of several tours that start the annual visits to the nationally known cemetery for local visitors and those from around the country. Chuck Crow, cleveland.com, "Lake View Cemetery's Daffodil Hill finally in full splendor (photos)," 6 May 2018 But Boone, who is from North Carolina, had one last request before leaving the cemetery. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Cemetery worker carries World War II vet to wife’s Arlington grave," 1 May 2018 Their remains lay in unmarked graves in a small Jewish cemetery tucked in the corner of St. Ottilien Archabbey, a Benedictine monastery in Germany’s Bavarian countryside. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 Basel Ayoub, 18, the cousin who was with Muhammad at the cemetery and recounted the scene there, saw him again at the protest site around the time he was killed. Iyad Abuheweila And Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "He Played at Death in a Gaza Cemetery. Then He Was Buried There.," 22 Apr. 2018 There are numerous veterans’ graves at the cemetery, including that of Texas Revolution war hero McCulloch. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Lack of diversity in tricentennial coverage raises red flag," 18 Feb. 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 \
plural cemeteries

Kids Definition of cemetery

: a place where dead people are buried : graveyard

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