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 The children stop to eat plums in the dappled shade of a cemetery. Yasmine Seale, Harpers Magazine, "Slow Burn," 5 Jan. 2021 But some of the cemetery’s unintended uses have caused problems over the years. Allen Matthews, SFChronicle.com, "Beloved Oakland cemetery, resting place of Kaiser, Ghirardelli and Mac Dre, still off-limits to visitors," 7 Dec. 2020 Filson did his part, digging through a card catalog for Charleston’s entry, then pulling out one of about 15 maps of the cemetery. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Seeking a legend, finding a monster first.," 18 Nov. 2020 Police also saw a group of men walking from the east side toward the west side of the cemetery. Katelyn Keenehan, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix man arrested after hitting pedestrian, 4 cars, and a tombstone," 3 Nov. 2020 Histories of Anchorage previously covered the history of the cemetery. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "In Anchorage’s downtown cemetery, every grave marker has a story to tell," 25 Oct. 2020 Instead, the Prince visited a cemetery in L.A., his unofficial public act of remembrance dividing opinion and underlining the huge challenges that remain with the new setup. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Found Happiness Despite a Challenging and Turbulent Year," 22 Dec. 2020 And In 2015, John Ray helped the Gilbert family bury Shannan in a Long Island cemetery not far from Oak Beach. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Inside the mind of a murderer: New clues in the hunt for the Long Island serial killer," 12 Dec. 2020 Nor was Roopkund a cemetery: most of the individuals were healthy and between eighteen and thirty-five years old. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "The Skeletons at the Lake," 7 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cemetery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cemetery. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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