head·​stone ˈhed-ˌstōn How to pronounce headstone (audio)
: a memorial stone at the head of a grave

Examples of headstone in a Sentence

many of the headstones were for children who had died during the influenza epidemic
Recent Examples on the Web Both sisters made a headstone for the pigs, which are now buried in the family’s backyard, KIRO-TV reported. Julia Marnin, Sacramento Bee, 4 June 2024 Small flags line rows and rows of headstones of 14,000 veterans with names that connect the living to the dead: Joseph Milligan of Tennessee (World War I), Charles Harding of Colorado (World War II), Andrew Montello of California (Korea), and on and on. Hasan Zillur Rahim, The Mercury News, 25 May 2024 Aside from digitizing Western’s archive and offering tours, Ms. Woods also had a headstone installed on Blue’s unmarked grave. Jingnan Peng, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Apr. 2024 Instead, the mom of three — and soon-to-be four — is checking out headstones at local cemeteries for inspiration from late lives and bygone eras. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for headstone 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headstone was in the 15th century

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“Headstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headstone. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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head·​stone -ˌstōn How to pronounce headstone (audio)
: a memorial stone placed at the head of a grave

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