head·​stone | \ ˈhed-ˌstōn How to pronounce headstone (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The headstone for Ben Boeke (1899-1972) includes the City of Anchorage seal, appropriate for the longtime civil servant. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 21 June 2021 When Pollock died, Krasner moved a boulder from behind the barn studio to serve as his headstone. BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2021 The Altadena Historical Society will remember Clark’s life as an educator and activist and put a headstone on her unmarked grave. Siena Giljum, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 Keppler said every decision regarding the headstone was intentional. Katelyn Keenehan, The Arizona Republic, 4 June 2021 However, the headstone has since been corrected, the station reported. Fox News, 29 May 2021 From time to time, coins may be seen on the headstone of a member of the armed forces, especially near Memorial Day or Veterans Day. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 25 May 2021 Tony Thomas visited his mother, Mary Ann Thomas, several times after she was buried in 2011 and found her headstone in a different place each time. Janelle James, Detroit Free Press, 11 June 2021 At first glance, there was nothing unusual about this headstone. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of headstone

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jul 2021

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“Headstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headstone. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce headstone (audio) \

Kids Definition of headstone

: a stone that marks a grave

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