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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Gucci presented a show in an ancient burial ground; Rodarte chose a cemetery as a location; and sound baths, incense, and healers made appearances through fashion month. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "1968 vs. 2018: 50 Years Later Fashion Is Still Playing With the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Late, Tumultuous ’60s," 14 Dec. 2018 Some residents had complained about Muslim burial practices and voiced concerns the cemetery would help radical elements of Islam gain a foothold in the region. Fox News, "Rural Texas town council approves Muslim cemetery plan," 21 Sep. 2018 The federal charges involve a boy who was younger than 12 at the time of the alleged abuse on the air base and at the cemetery — both federal jurisdictions. Mary Hudetz And Russell Contreras, Fox News, "Fugitive New Mexico priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse," 21 Sep. 2018 The daughter of a housewife and a cemetery worker, Sandra had grown up to know great misfortune, but she had never expected to know exile. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018 The communities of bacteria that live in our mouths have changed drastically since the Middle Ages, according to a new study of remains buried in a medieval Danish cemetery. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval dental plaque sheds light on how our microbiomes have changed," 25 Nov. 2018 Early in the Trump presidency, when a handful of high-profile anti-Semitic attacks was met with a lacking response from Trump, Pence visited a vandalized Jewish cemetery in Missouri to help clean up the damage. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump is farming out one of the hardest parts of the job to the vice president," 24 Oct. 2018 According to CBS News, the Texas Historical Commission, a state agency that focuses on historic preservation, is asking anyone who believes they might be related to the people discovered in the unmarked cemetery to reach out. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "A Mass Grave of Former Slaves Was Unearthed in Texas," 20 July 2018 The battle is one of the first things taught to any U.S. Marine, said Owen Gardner Finnegan, a Marine who served in Afghanistan and was visiting the Belleau Wood cemetery. Washington Post, "World War I battle of Bellau Wood was a turning point for US," 26 May 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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