cemetery

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

Definition of cemetery

: a burial ground

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 Earlier this week, Abu Akleh’s brother had said the original plans were to move the casket in a hearse from the hospital to the church, and that after the service, it would be carried through the streets to the cemetery. Josef Federman, ajc, 14 May 2022 The crowd prevented a hearse from backing up to the hospital door, intent on carrying her body on its shoulders at least part of the way to the cemetery. Sufian Taha, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Earlier this week, Abu Akleh’s brother said the original arrangement was to move the casket in a hearse from the hospital to the church, and that after the service, it would be carried through the streets to the cemetery. Josef Federman, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 An analysis of the images by The New York Times shows approximately 300 pits dug close to a cemetery in Manhush, a village about nine miles west of Mariupol. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Moments later, a truck drove up to the cemetery, bringing another group of bodies to be buried. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 After the service, a fleet of white Rolls Royces will carry Drakeo’s family to the cemetery. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 15 Feb. 2022 Rayan's parents were transferred to the cemetery in an ambulance, both distressed and in tears as seen on local broadcaster, Chouf TV. Nimi Princewill, CNN, 7 Feb. 2022 Hundreds of bodies were collected in Bucha and brought to the local cemetery. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Cemetery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cemetery. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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cemetery

noun
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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