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
Recent Examples on the Web After the letter was delivered the next day, Boonlue had the sisters and a handful of devotees marched over to a cemetery, where they were shot. Washington Post, "Tolerant Thailand to welcome pope, but martyrs tale haunts," 18 Nov. 2019 Normally, the grave in the Garden of Angels at the cemetery, 10700 W. Capitol Drive, is undisturbed throughout the season. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We are heartbroken': More than 200 vases valued at $80K were stolen from Pinelawn Memorial Park in Wauwatosa," 13 Nov. 2019 Two wreaths will also be placed at the cemetery, one from the city of Neuss and another from Deutsch-Amerikanische Gesellschaft Neuss (DAGN), a group that works to strengthen connections between the two sister cities. Miriam-rachel Newman, Twin Cities, "Remembering St. Paul’s brave: Group from German sister city to honor our fallen World War II soldiers," 2 Nov. 2019 Our house is becoming a cemetery, but not in a repellent sense. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 31 Oct. 2019 Writer Anne Brontë got a final resting place in one of these cemeteries, on a bluff overlooking her beloved ocean. George Stone, National Geographic, "Where will you go next?," 29 Oct. 2019 That frustration turned into a three-decade project in which Campbell revisited and studied the cemetery, eventually creating an app for Francophiles. Liesl Bradner, Los Angeles Times, "Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison live on here: A stroll through Père-Lachaise Cemetery," 23 Oct. 2019 At the other end of the island was a cemetery, close to a second church, for funerals. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Greece Is More Popular Than Ever—But It Can Still Surprise You," 18 Oct. 2019 After hitting the elderly man with the rock, the suspect then robbed the victim and fled the cemetery on foot, before later getting on a bicycle. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Widower, 91, Attacked While Visiting His Wife's Grave in 'Unprovoked and Ruthless' Incident," 28 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of cemetery was in the 15th century

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23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Cemetery.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cemetery. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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How to pronounce cemetery (audio)

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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