grave·​yard | \ˈgrāv-ˌyärd \

Definition of graveyard 

1 : cemetery

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

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Instead, the child was buried 150 years after the graveyard had been abandoned. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How a Copper Coin Mummified a Baby’s Hand," 26 May 2018 India in particular has long been a graveyard for theories of democratization. Christopher Claassen, Washington Post, "Support for democracy is declining — but not in the U.S. or other Western democracies," 5 July 2018 Shows have been held at places including fast-casual salad chain Sweetgreen, the rooftop of the Free Library of Philadelphia Central Parkway Library, the Fleisher Art Memorial, the graveyard of Old Swedes Church, and WeWork coworking space. Grace Dickinson,, "Secret concert series Sofar Sounds is growing too big for the living room," 27 June 2018 This is a meat grinder of a job, a destroyer of reputations, a graveyard of bold plans and high hopes. Peter Rowe,, "Cindy Marten's fortune: leading San Diego Unified forward while suffering personal setbacks," 24 June 2018 After a tumultuous posthumous journey (especially for his wife, Maria, whose grave was raided by a jewel thief), Pico was buried in the small graveyard of the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry. 2. Hadley Meares, Los Angeles Magazine, "Who Was That? The People Behind Famous L.A. Place Names," 20 June 2018 Among the graveyard of posts deemed improperly labeled political ads are posts from candidates for Congress all the way down to county commissioner. Steve Contorno And Emily L. Mahoney, miamiherald, "These Florida political campaigns were tripped up by Facebook's new ad rules," 31 May 2018 The minor key digressions of the third movement are early examples of Mozart whistling in the graveyard. Christian Hertzog,, "A rare, fiery performance of a Rebel ballet kicks off Mainly Mozart Festival," 10 June 2018 To live in downtown Manhattan in the first decade of the 21st century was to live in the show’s graveyard. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Confessions of a Recovering Wannabe Carrie Bradshaw," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of graveyard

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


grave·​yard | \ˈgrāv-ˌyärd \

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