grave·​stone | \ ˈgrāv-ˌstōn How to pronounce gravestone (audio) \

Definition of gravestone

: a burial monument

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the gravestones are so old that the words on them are difficult to decipher. Karina Bland, azcentral, "In a cemetery, a peaceful place to contemplate life," 27 Nov. 2019 The proceeds from this event went to honoring all fallen heroes at the National Cemetery in Catonsville by sponsoring wreaths to place on gravestones on Saturday, Dec. 14, which is recognized as Wreaths Around America Day. Susan Harrison,, "Elkridge: Howard County ‘biker bar’ recognizes those who served," 20 Nov. 2019 The men are suspected of scrawling in green paint on 84 gravestones and knocking over several of them in Randers, more than 100 miles northwest of Copenhagen. Washington Post, "World Digest: Nov. 13, 2019," 13 Nov. 2019 Brenda Sullivan has been studying and presenting on the art, history and symbolism of gravestones for more than 20 years., "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 4 Oct. 2019 It’s often packed with tourists who wind along its paths to read the markings on the gravestones., "Tourists hoping to get an up-close look at the centuries-old gravestones inside Salem’s oldest cemetery this Halloween season will have to resort to viewing pictures of them online instead.," 13 Sep. 2019 Overgrown trees and vegetation still cover more than half of the 60-acre site, obscuring gravestones. NBC News, "Richmond resident works to restore historic African American cemetery," 3 Jan. 2020 There are no monuments or gravestones marking the nearby cemetery, where the last burials occurred more than a century ago., "TAFT, Mont. — More than 110 years ago, as the West finally was being tamed, the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul railroad rushed to build a transcontinental rail line to the Pacific Coast. Standing in the way, though, was a formidable peak in the middle of Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains.," 15 Dec. 2019 There are no monuments or gravestones marking the nearby cemetery, where the last burials occurred more than a century ago. Bill Morlin, New York Times, "Gamblers, Wastrels and Lumberjacks: An Old Cemetery Gives Up Its Secret History," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of gravestone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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16 Feb 2020

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“Gravestone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce gravestone (audio) \

Kids Definition of gravestone

: a monument on a grave

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