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

Definition of headstone

: 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 That shot is now laser-engraved on Brandon’s headstone. Michael Tobin, Fox News, 25 Aug. 2022 In April, three young men were arrested at the same cemetery in Roslindale on larceny and vandalism charges for stealing a headstone of a teenager who was murdered in 2017. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2022 Instead, Lubitsch took up residence out on the rolling lawn, under a simple, flat headstone. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 The latest federal inspection of the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at Birdeye in 2021 found one headstone out of a random sample of nine niche covers and headstones wasn't placed according to the cemetery's layout plan. Will Langhorne, Arkansas Online, 29 May 2022 This spring his grave has finally been marked with a headstone provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Diane Boettcher And Mary Ann Ashcraft, Baltimore Sun, 28 May 2022 The headstone switch may be the result of disagreements within the Sinatra family. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, 15 July 2022 On her TikTok channel, @ghostlyarchive, Rosie Grant shares headstone recipes, drawing hundreds of thousands of views from a devoted audience fascinated by the intersection of cemeteries and cooking. New York Times, 30 June 2022 In a small cemetery on the Hampton campus, his headstone is straightforward. David A. Taylor, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of headstone

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Headstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headstone. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of headstone

: a stone that marks a grave

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