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

Definition of gravestone

: a burial monument

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we love to tour old cemeteries and read the hauntingly poetic inscriptions on the gravestones
Recent Examples on the Web And while the prints have endured, a photograph, like a gravestone, marks something that is gone. New York Times, "An Elusive Artist’s Trove of Never-Before-Seen Images," 23 Mar. 2021 Baby Boy Doe, who was found dead in a trash can at a 24-hour Lake City convenience store more than 23 years ago, is buried in Section 18 at Seattle’s Calvary Cemetery, his gravestone adorned with a teddy bear in one corner. Sara Jean Green, oregonlive, "Seattle woman accused of abandoning baby found dead in trash can 23 years ago," 12 Mar. 2021 Ann, who had been baptized at the hospital, was laid to rest under a simple gravestone that featured an engraving of an angel and a lamb. oregonlive, "In death, two lives are intertwined in a Portland cemetery: Tom Hallman at large," 23 Feb. 2021 But Harding’s gravestone — the birthdate is wrong — is one marker among thousands. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, "In football stadiums and ballparks, he fought for the rights of Black athletes," 18 Jan. 2021 So on October 23, the day before in-person voting began in New York, plastic covers were installed -- upholding the tradition while also protecting the gravestone. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "People who place their 'I Voted' stickers on Susan B. Anthony's headstone will notice something different there this year," 27 Oct. 2020 That’s a fitting epitaph for his presidency, but that gravestone is not yet carved. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, "Trump’s Motley Gang of Dead-Enders Are Circling the Drain," 20 Nov. 2020 There is also the wreckage of a Soviet-era Azerbaijani cemetery, a piece of a gravestone, engraved with minarets, abandoned in the tan grass. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "Layers of Tragedy, in a Cemetery and in the Mountains," 18 Nov. 2020 On one hand putting a sticker on her gravestone can be seen as a patriotic gesture, a way of celebrating the life of Miss Anthony and thanking her for her efforts to get women the right to vote. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "People who place their 'I Voted' stickers on Susan B. Anthony's headstone will notice something different there this year," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of gravestone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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30 Mar 2021

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“Gravestone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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