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 Pinkard has started a GoFundMe to cover expenses from Nez's funeral, as well as pay for a headstone. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "'We tried to be so careful': Navajo rancher and retired nurse dies from COVID-19," 2 July 2020 And the family's two-month-old baby boy's headstone dating back to the 1800s was pulled out of the ground and tossed nearby, according to Walden. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Cemetery in Iowa vandalized, 50 headstones knocked over," 1 July 2020 Now, their big project is to purchase her a headstone. cleveland, "Dear Annie: My siblings dropped the ball when it came to helping pay for our mother’s burial," 20 June 2020 Police also found the Confederate flag taken down and placed over a headstone in the cemetery. al, "Black Lives Matter framed for Confederate monument vandalism, Jacksonville police say," 7 June 2020 His father, James Joyce, who worked in the Army air corps, had died a year earlier, and Joyce went see his headstone for the first time. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Blown Detroit Tigers call still haunts Jim Joyce, but he has learned to forgive himself," 2 June 2020 In Bronson, the storm uprooted trees at a cemetery, which damaged headstones. Emma Dale, Detroit Free Press, "Storms knock out power to nearly 470,000 Michiganders, restoration could take days," 11 June 2020 Bombella said who has retrieved her dog’s headstone. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "Owners who have animals buried at San Antonio pet cemetery told to retrieve headstones," 2 Apr. 2020 For the past five years, 18-year-old Eagle Scout Kieran Monaghan has been one of the Scouts who has walked the hallowed ground and gingerly placed an American flag next to each headstone. Eric Shawn | Fox News, Fox News, "Boy Scouts banned from planting American flags on veterans' graves for Memorial Day due to coronavirus," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of headstone

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jul 2020

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“Headstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headstone. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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