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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Next to it are several other headstones, all facing the building. Bliss Broyard, Condé Nast Traveler, "I Took My Kids Out Of School for Three Months to Travel," 13 July 2018 The headstone also marks the burial spot of Fogg's wife, Hannah, who died in 1790. Fox News, "Marker stolen from 240-year-old veteran's grave," 3 June 2018 Syrians sit beside a relative’s grave this month in Raqqa’s cemetery, where militants smashed headstones during Islamic State’s rule. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "To Rebuild a Syrian City, Men First Dig Up and Rebury the Dead," 26 Oct. 2018 Stone searched around the cemetery and discovered the headstone at a public grave that contained the remains of Victoria and 16 other people in a different spot. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Dad devastated to discover he was grieving for daughter at wrong grave for 30 years," 8 Aug. 2018 Jane Stephenson of the Plainfield Historical Society worked for more than a year with the Department of Veterans Affairs to have the headstone carved. BostonGlobe.com, "New England news in brief," 19 May 2018 Near the back, there were a number of headstones resting against a massive dividing wall. David Duran, Country Living, "I Captured Something Disturbing on Camera at Savannah's Sorrel-Weed House," 11 Oct. 2016 Fox’s headstone in Mount Olivet Cemetery, however, says she was born in 1945, making her 69. Deanna Boyd And Melody Mcdonald, star-telegram, "Irish Travellers, insurance fraud and a murder in Colleyville," 21 Mar. 2015 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

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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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