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

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Former City Councilman Mario Salas led the Cemetery Restoration Project, one of the local groups that called for rehabilitating the graveyard. Vincent T. Davis,, "Once in ruins, San Antonio’s Eastview Cemetery restored to sacred resting place," 15 Aug. 2019 But over the years, as stones have been found, they have been returned and the graveyard has slowly been restored. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Klezmer Music and Memory at a Festival Celebrating Jewish Life in Poland," 11 Aug. 2019 Günther paid his respects at a Swakopmund graveyard monument erected to commemorate the victims of the colonial concentration camp there. Quartz Africa, "Even after acknowledging the Namibia genocide of WWI, Germany still hasn’t learned the key lesson," 10 Aug. 2019 July 13, 201901:24 The remains were removed on Saturday from an area that is part of Teutonic College, which flanks the graveyard. NBC News, "Vatican recovers bones in bid to solve mystery of teen girl missing since 1983," 20 July 2019 The real Dozier school came to national — and Whitehead’s — attention in 2014, when efforts to identify an existing graveyard led to the discovery of a swath of unmarked student graves. Carolyn Kellogg,, "Colson Whitehead on the ‘incredible evil’ of the real school that inspired ‘Nickel Boys’," 12 July 2019 Local tour companies offer trips to the mammoth graveyards across the region’s Arctic frontier. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "A Mammoth Problem Emerges in Siberia," 10 July 2019 Most of the damage was done away from the street and toward the center of the graveyard, which is split between the Eastern and St. Anthony cemeteries. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Hope in the graveyard: Toppled tombstones stir people's best after vandals do their worst," 29 July 2019 Even the village graveyard, set on the other side of the valley, is slowly receding into an undergrowth of nettles and brambles, grass flowers and cow parsley. New York Times, "And Then There Was One: Three People Lived in This Village Until Two Were Murdered.," 15 July 2019

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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


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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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