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

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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Trade was getting rerouted to those low-lying areas, as evidenced by the uptick in higher quality ceramics and gravestones with names of elites from other parts of the Straits of Malacca, which separates Sumatra from the Malay Peninsula. Megan Gannon, National Geographic, "How a 'forgotten' 600-year-old tsunami changed history," 27 May 2019 In the great and terrible wilderness of history, countless millions have died badly, died foolishly, died without funerals or eulogies or gravestones. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Why Return of the Obra Dinn is my game of the year," 21 Dec. 2018 Two halves of a marble slab the size of a gravestone lay on the site, so weatherworn that any words etched into it are long gone. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "Cedar trees and fieldstones: A likely slave cemetery is unearthed near Annapolis," 9 Mar. 2018 My dad has already made a big gravestone for himself. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Being Messy Makes You a Better Person (and Artist), According to Freya Bramble-Carter," 29 Apr. 2019 Yet she is not mentioned, just as many lower-ranking consorts who proved infertile did not warrant a name on a gravestone. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Empresses of China’s Forbidden City’ Review: Searching for Stories of Power," 28 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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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