grave·​yard | \ ˈgrāv-ˌyärd How to pronounce graveyard (audio) \

Definition of graveyard

2 : something resembling a graveyard an automobile graveyard

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Examples of graveyard in a Sentence

reflecting the Quaker avoidance of personal vanity, the graveyard is not marked by so much as a single headstone
Recent Examples on the Web Spooky Halloween scenes — featuring clowns, pirates, graveyard skeletons and more — will dot the route. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "The pandemic can’t stop all the Halloween fun as Irving hosts a free drive-through haunted house," 14 Oct. 2020 Two other large, disabled boats, a lighthouse tender and a minesweeper, now sit alongside the Aurora, fueling concern that the channel is becoming a graveyard for ghost ships. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Shipwrecked on Little Potato Slough," 8 Oct. 2020 For some characters, the ‘80s were just the graveyard of the ‘60s. Darren Franich,, "Farewell to GLOW, a great show that deserved one final round," 6 Oct. 2020 The annual after-dark trick-or-treat opportunity has been replaced this year with a daytime stroll through the Audubon Zoo, where visitors will encounter a Halloween maze, a faux graveyard of extinct animals and other seasonal activities. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "5 New Orleans haunted houses and Halloween attractions 2020: Prepare to be scared," 6 Oct. 2020 If neighboring Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires, Pakistan is the black hole of foreign assistance. Jonathan E. Hillman, WSJ, "The Imperial Overreach of China’s Belt and Road Initiative," 1 Oct. 2020 The graveyard in the city of Osaka dates back to the Edo period, according to officials. James Rogers, Fox News, "Historic graveyard containing more than 1,500 bodies discovered in Japan," 25 Aug. 2020 More than a dozen headstones were defaced with blue paint at Austin's historic Evergreen Cemetery — the city’s first major municipal graveyard for Black residents. Hojun Choi, USA TODAY, "Vandals deface headstones at historic cemetery for Black residents in Austin," 23 Sep. 2020 George Floyd should not be in a Pearland, Texas graveyard today lying next to his momma. Gloria Neal, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Don’t just check on me; help me check a system that is rife with racism," 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of graveyard

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of graveyard was in 1761

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20 Oct 2020

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“Graveyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of graveyard

: a place where people are buried
: a place where old things are left or thrown away


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