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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Those two states are graveyards, where untold numbers of migrants have disappeared over the past decade. Dara Lind, Vox, "Border Patrol agents now have to ask everyone they catch if they’re part of the caravan," 2 Nov. 2018 Researchers from Stony Brook University and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History discovered the graveyard, described as the earliest and largest monumental cemetery in Eastern Africa. James Rogers, Fox News, "Remarkable graveyard discovery: 5,000-year-old 'monumental' cemetery stuns archaeologists," 21 Aug. 2018 The city announced plans to develop a section of the playground, including the community center, background, that stands on a portion of the graveyard, to be demolished to make room for the memorial. Washington Post, "Historic black burial site under playground to get memorial," 5 July 2018 Hambrick said there are likely hundreds more such graveyards between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Washington Post, "Unforgotten: Oil company preserves hidden slave cemeteries," 14 June 2018 Lake Erie is a graveyard for hundreds of vessels taken down by violent storms that can whip up in a hurry. Fox News, "Mysterious shipwreck reveals its secrets: Wreck may be Lake Erie’s oldest," 15 Oct. 2018 The coffins were lined up at a memorial center and new burial pits were dug at a graveyard that already holds 6,575 victims found previously. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 11, 2018," 11 July 2018 And if that's not enough to spook the living daylights out of you, there's also a makeshift miner graveyard just 100 feet away from the motel, according to Lauren Matthews, Country Living, "You Couldn't Pay Us a Million Dollars to Spend the Night at This Clown Motel," 26 July 2017 This is the most remote spot on the planet and, for that reason, the location of an underwater spacecraft graveyard. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Death Star: The ISS Doesn’t Have a Way to Crash Safely," 30 July 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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to gather or build up little by little

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