head·​stone | \ˈhed-ˌstōn \

Definition of headstone 

: a memorial stone at the head of a grave

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Examples of headstone in a Sentence

many of the headstones were for children who had died during the influenza epidemic

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The day began in North Lauderdale on a somber note as her family unveiled Alyssa’s headstone at Star of David Memorial Gardens. Wells Dusenbury, Sun-Sentinel.com, "On her birthday, friends and family remember Parkland shooting victim Alyssa Alhadeff," 2 May 2018 Complete with military headstone, Hall's remains are at the Sweet-Montour Cemetery, where it's decorated today with a small American flag for Memorial Day. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "He was the 1st Idahoan killed in action. And he died in a war you've probably never heard of. | Idaho Statesman," 27 May 2018 Winters said, standing in the parched grass where headstones and markers once lay. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Historian and UTSA archaeologists discover remains at forgotten African American burial site," 18 June 2018 The island, managed by the city’s Department of Correction for more than a century, has never been kept up like a traditional cemetery with manicured lawns or even headstones. Washington Post, "Erosion unearthing bones on New York’s island of the dead," 3 May 2018 Their headstones stood side by side in good condition as late as 1971, when Mr. Ostrander snapped a photograph of the old cemetery. James Barron, New York Times, "A Colonial Cemetery in a Park, and a Question: Does the City Own It?," 28 May 2018 Even now, 150 years after his death, people visit his out-of-the-way grave and leave coins on his headstone. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Nonstop to Paris starts May 24: 4 weird ways the French have made history in Indiana," 22 May 2018 The two airmen were buried in separate caskets in Beverly, one atop the other, with a single headstone engraved with their names and a cross. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Why a tombstone in a South Jersey military cemetery has both a Star of David and a cross | Stu Bykofsky," 25 May 2018 Authorities say Harris confessed to toppling headstones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Missouri, in February 2017, causing more than $30,000 in damage. Fox News, "Man charged with toppling Jewish cemetery headstones in 2017," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of headstone

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of headstone

: a stone that marks the place where a dead person is buried and that usually has the person's name and birth and death dates on it


head·​stone | \ˈhed-ˌstōn \

Kids Definition of headstone

: a stone that marks a grave

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