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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The search led to the discovery in 1985 of a skeleton in a Brazilian graveyard that was determined to be Mengele’s. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2021 The World Trade Center was built on ground that had been a graveyard of slaves, many of whom were Muslim. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 Gray slept approximately 100 times while on duty during patrol graveyard shifts between 2008 and 2013. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 28 Aug. 2021 In addition to the graveyard, researchers at the site found remnants of Neolithic and Roman settlements, including shards of ceramic vessels and a blue glass bead. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Aug. 2021 To support her children, Madelaine worked graveyard shifts for 17 years at Palomar Hospital. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 July 2021 Still, the company says the machine shouldn’t be sent to the product graveyard. Miho Inada, WSJ, 13 July 2021 Hardly the graveyard of empires as its mythology boasts, Afghanistan's valleys have been a stomping ground for cruel and powerful conquerors, who hacked, raped, stole and burned, then moved on, finding no good reason to stay. George Stanley,, 30 Aug. 2021 It’s a pitcher’s ballpark, widely known to be a graveyard for hitters., 25 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of graveyard

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Oct 2021

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“Graveyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of graveyard

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


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