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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One reflects on their goodness when in graveyards in places such as Vicksburg, Memphis, Mobile and Savannah and reads the gravestones that sister so and so perished in the epidemic of a certain date. ... John Adam Moreau, WSJ, "The Nuns Modeled Selfless Service After Civil War, Too," 2 May 2019 Dating to 1,000 years earlier, one graveyard in China contained over four hundred dogs, each beneath a human, indicating that these dogs had been killed when their masters died and interred with them. Longreads, "The Way We Treat Our Pets Is More Paleolithic Than Medieval," 22 Mar. 2018 And if the industry’s graveyard of past acquisition efforts is any indication, the £32 billion ($40 billion) deal will face a firestorm of political scrutiny. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s attempted buyout of London Stock Exchange is the most audacious in history," 11 Sep. 2019 Most pragmatically, education policy is perhaps the major institutional change (besides infrastructure improvement) most likely to get past the legislative graveyard that Congress has become. The Atlantic, "The Conversation," 18 Aug. 2019 The graveyard is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Several years ago, complaints about the cemetery sparked investigations from state agencies. Vincent T. Davis,, "Once in ruins, San Antonio’s Eastview Cemetery restored to sacred resting place," 15 Aug. 2019 In their graveyard visits, emails and phone calls, the family debates how far to go to prove their links. Los Angeles Times, "A family that believes it descends from the first African American reflects on 400 years of history," 25 Aug. 2019 After most rocket launches, the fairing halves are left to plummet back to Earth, where the ocean becomes their graveyard. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "SpaceX shares vibrant footage from its first-ever nose cone recovery," 5 July 2019 The rats in this mini-graveyard were killed by an extremely effective extermination solution. National Geographic, "Episode 3: Rats and humans—a love story," 25 June 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


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

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