gravestone

noun

grave·​stone ˈgrāv-ˌstōn How to pronounce gravestone (audio)
: a burial monument

Examples of gravestone in a Sentence

we love to tour old cemeteries and read the hauntingly poetic inscriptions on the gravestones
Recent Examples on the Web The couple’s gravestones will be by a willow tree at the edge of the pond. Erin Clements, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 For years, local activists have wanted a marker to memorialize Choate in Maury County, where the gravestone of Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest is located. Rachel Hatzipanagos, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2024 Baldwin visits a graveyard and finds the gravestone of a late uncle, born in 1866. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2024 Now, the Morikami Museum’s Japanese Gardens have 25 stops where visitors can see waterfalls, Buddhist statues, a lake filled with koi, meditation terraces, bonsai collections and gravestones of Morikami and two founders of the Yamato colony. Lois K. Solomon, Sun Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 Bennett described machinery encroaching on one grave and gravestones being temporarily removed. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 The film then cuts to a a final scene of Winston (Ian McShane) and the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) visiting John’s gravestone. Zack Sharf, Variety, 18 Sep. 2023 Simmons has now spoken to hundreds of Louisiana high schoolers, showing them pictures and videos of her children, the crash, the funeral and their gravestone. Amanda Lee Myers, USA TODAY, 19 June 2023 So on Saturday morning Wilson stood with his father, Bill, and mother, Mai, on a knoll overlooking tens of thousands of white gravestones in rows on a lush green background at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood. Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gravestone was in the 14th century

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“Gravestone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gravestone. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

gravestone

noun
grave·​stone ˈgrāv-ˌstōn How to pronounce gravestone (audio)
: a burial monument

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