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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During a renovation, Mary's coffin was removed to an unmarked grave in a remote corner of the cemetery. Edward Mcclelland, Chicago Reader, "Meet Resurrection Mary, the ghost of Archer Avenue," 26 June 2018 In Syria, two people visiting graves of relatives during the holiday were killed in government shelling of a cemetery, activists said. Wafaa Shurafa, BostonGlobe.com, "Gaza residents pray near Israel, as Muslims mark major feast," 15 June 2018 Officers responded to the Chapel of the Chimes cemetery shortly after the shooting was reported at 7:04 p.m. and found three people with gunshot wounds. Frank Shyong, latimes.com, "5 injured in shooting during funeral at Hayward cemetery," 15 June 2018 What’s more, the type of coin was circulated between 1858 and 1862, which means the burial wasn’t part of the medieval cemetery. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How a Copper Coin Mummified a Baby’s Hand," 26 May 2018 History was on display during the Spring Creek Park Heritage Festival at Spring Creek Park in Tomball. The Harris County precinct 4 event featured archaeology digs, Civil War battle re-enactments, and tours of a historic cemetery. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Photos: Spring Creek Park Heritage Festival," 23 May 2018 The Hills of Eternity family of cemeteries has 5,000 plots left. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Even the dead face a housing crisis in this California city | The Sacramento Bee," 7 May 2018 So far, Mexico’s government has managed to put a name to only 340 out of the 35,000 unidentified corpses in morgues and public cemeteries across the country, according to top government officials. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.," 14 Nov. 2018 Just a few blocks away in Wright Square, a revered Native American chief, who fostered peace in the new territory, was honored and buried in what was then a cemetery. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 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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