church·​yard | \ ˈchərch-ˌyärd How to pronounce churchyard (audio) \

Definition of churchyard

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

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Their annual performances of Shakespeare, staged in the churchyard of Grace Episcopal, are free and picnic-friendly, and acted by a mix of veteran thespians and first-timers. Washington Post, "13 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 17 June 2019 The Garden is now growing 30 to 50 new saplings from that hedge, and hopes to distribute them to 20 churchyards by 2020 as part of a 10-year Church Yew Tree project. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "U.K.’s Oldest Tree Is Being Besieged by Tourists," 21 June 2019 In a touching tribute, their ashes were buried side-by-side in plots at a churchyard in Warsop, Nottinghamshire. Aletha Adu, Fox News, "Woman dies 10 days after her husband of 46 years passes away," 10 June 2018 The performance of the carol by Austria’s Kroll Family Singers and ensembles from Trinity Church took place at the Alexander Hamilton memorial in the Trinity churchyard. Deepti Hajela, The Seattle Times, "200 years of ‘Silent Night’: Singers mark carol’s birthday," 28 Nov. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce churchyard (audio) \

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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