Definition of churchyard
: a yard that belongs to a church and is often used as a burial ground
Recent Examples of churchyard from the Web
After that, a succession of developers bought the churchyard, and some city leaders suspected the bodies were moved.
A chain-link fence now encircles the lot that was a churchyard where people were buried from 1897 to 1937, with some burials perhaps as late as the 1940s, burial records show.
He was wrapped in tent canvas and buried in a hasty grave in a churchyard.
After the war, the Army assigned unidentified bones found in a churchyard grave the number X-4685 and reburied them, along with thousands of others, in the American Cemetery in Manila.
A sculptor is suing Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan for moving his bronze re-creation of a huge sycamore tree that once stood in the churchyard.
Everyone in this churchyard succumbs to their baser instincts as the play unfolds.
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CHURCHYARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of churchyard for English Language Learners
: 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
CHURCHYARD Defined for Kids
Definition of churchyard for Students
: 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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