church·​yard | \ˈchərch-ˌyärd \

Definition of churchyard 

: a yard that belongs to a church and is often used as a burial ground

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Areas such as ancestral burial grounds, temples and churchyards have been given protection through taboo and religious belief. John Healey, John Halley And Kalliopi Stara, Smithsonian, "Sacred Sites Can Also Be Hotspots of Conservation," 17 May 2018 She was buried next to her first husband in a churchyard near Chatsworth. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Kick Kennedy Reveals Her Favorite Stories About Her Great Aunt Kick," 31 Oct. 2016 At first officers blocked them in front of the churchyard, but the woman ignored them and forced her way inside. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Family of suicide bombers kills at least 7 in Indonesia church attacks," 13 May 2018 At first officers blocked them in front of the churchyard, but the woman ignored them and forced her way inside. Tuji Martuji, USA TODAY, "'Barbaric' Indonesia church bombings carried out by parents — and their four children," 13 May 2018 When police fired into the churchyard, the crowds ran screaming, video from local media showed. Robyn Dixon,, "Violence is roiling the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some human rights authorities suggest it's a strategy to keep the president in power," 12 Apr. 2018 Beginning in 2004, researchers found and exhumed several bodies from the more than 800 buried in mass graves near a churchyard cemetery at an archaeological site called Teposcolula-Yucundaa. Kate Sheridan, Newsweek, "Ancient Mexican Civilization Nearly Wiped Out by Something Stuck in Their Teeth, New DNA Evidence Reveals," 15 Jan. 2018 The St James churchyard is home to a neon work by the celebrated British artist Tracey Emin called Be Faithful to Your Dreams. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "London is transformed into an open air gallery in U.K.'s largest festival of lights," 19 Jan. 2018 Not far in the churchyard is the flat stone of Russell Gregory, whose name is remembered in the park’s Gregory’s Bald. Amy Mcrary, The Seattle Times, "Book details Smokies’ cemeteries and their eternal residents," 23 Dec. 2017

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12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of churchyard

: a piece of land that belongs to and is usually close to a church and that is often used as a place to bury people


church·​yard | \ˈchərch-ˌyärd \

Kids Definition of churchyard

: an area of land that belongs to and usually surrounds a church and that is often used as a burial ground

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