grave·stone | \ˈgrāv-ˌstōn \

Definition of gravestone 

: a burial monument

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Synonyms for gravestone


headstone, monument, stone, tombstone

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Examples of gravestone in a Sentence

we love to tour old cemeteries and read the hauntingly poetic inscriptions on the gravestones

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The State Department faced a backlog of 200,000 passport applications; Education Department staffers had more than 100,000 loans and grants to process, and Veterans Affairs workers needed to install 60,000 gravestones. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "The government shutdown: We’ve been here before, and it lasted weeks.," 20 Jan. 2018 The front of his gravestone lists the dates of his birth and death and the names of his wife and children. Tim Layden,, "Remembering Chic Anderson’s Legendary Call of Secretariat’s Record Run at 1973 Belmont Stakes," 4 June 2018 At the cemetery whose visitors are as multicultural as Anchorage, some people quietly place bouquets at gravestones, while others hold all-day graveside picnics. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "At the downtown Anchorage cemetery, the busiest day of the year," 29 May 2018 Farther north, a simple gravestone marks where famed African-American journalist Ida B. Wells-Barnett was buried. Elvia Malagon,, "Confederate group, activists hold competing ceremonies at Oak Woods Cemetery," 22 Apr. 2018 The cemetery is nondenominational, and there did not appear to be a pattern to which gravestones were defaced, Brunette said. Washington Post, "Subtropical storm threatens Gulf Coast," 29 May 2018 Do-it-yourself props such as gravestones, ribbons, posters, wreaths, or other symbolic items can help drive your point home. Jenni Corwin, Teen Vogue, "What Exactly a Die-In Is, and How to Organize Your Own," 6 July 2018 The gravestones remain there today, accompanied by a sign that explains their significance in English and German. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 Often called the best slate in the world, Peach Bottom slate was used to make blackboards, roof tiles and gravestones. Christina Tkacik,, "William H. Fisher, Korean War veteran who went on to work in finance, dies," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of gravestone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gravestone

: a stone that marks the place where a dead person is buried and that usually has the person's name and birth and death dates on it


grave·stone | \ˈgrāv-ˌstōn \

Kids Definition of gravestone

: a monument on a grave

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one that holds something together

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