grave·yard | \ˈgrāv-ˌyärd \

Definition of graveyard 

1 : cemetery

2 : something resembling a graveyard an automobile graveyard

Keep scrolling for more

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 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 The graveyard is now a showplace and a destination for family members who are researching their ancestors. Mary Jane Brewer,, "Susan McKiernan schools Weymouth residents on local history: Medina Local Legends," 10 May 2018 As the digital money frenzy of the past few years cools, the crypto coin graveyard is filling up. Fortune, "Crypto Coin Graveyard Fills Up Fast as ICOs Meet Their Demise," 28 June 2018 After all, as others have pointed out, dockless bike graveyards are infinitesimal compared to their motor-vehicle counterparts. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Bike Share Can Save Our Cities—If We Let It," 13 June 2018 The Cemetery The graveyard where Hannah is buried is actually Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley. Lyndsey Matthews, Seventeen, "Where Was "13 Reasons Why" Filmed?," 15 May 2018 Many of the mummies were discovered in Luxor in the vast Valley of the Kings, a graveyard for over 500 years of Egyptian history and more than 60 tombs. Norma Meyer,, "12 days to explore the ancient wonders of Egypt," 10 May 2018 The two cemeteries outside - a graveyard for generations of Lafayettes and another for their slaves - add to the creepiness. Andrea Simakis,, "Dobama Theatre's 'Appropriate' is Long Day's Journey Into White (review)," 26 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'graveyard.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of graveyard

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about graveyard

Phrases Related to graveyard

whistle past the graveyard

Statistics for graveyard

Last Updated

13 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for graveyard

The first known use of graveyard was in 1761

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for graveyard



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 \

Kids Definition of graveyard

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on graveyard

What made you want to look up graveyard? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!