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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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 The Haunted Graveyard: Lake Compounce hosts a terrifying mile-long journey through darkly glittering catacombs to an eerie graveyard, to a vampire’s haunt, to a witch’s lair, then onto a misty lake and an ancient temple. Camila Vallejo,, "Where are the haunted houses in Connecticut? Here’s an early list," 22 Aug. 2019 Police said after abandoning Eaton’s body the suspect re-blocked the entrance to the drain with a wooden pallet and cleaned the trunk of his car at a graveyard, attempting to remove all forensic evidence. Gina Martinez, Time, "Greek Police Have Arrested a Suspect in the Killing of an American Researcher on Crete," 16 July 2019 There’s a graveyard in northern France where all the dead boys from D-Day are buried. Leada Gore |,, "D-Day 75th anniversary: Inspirational quotes, remembrances in honor of June 6, 1944 battle," 6 June 2019 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

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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