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

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Under Islamic State’s rule, headstones were deemed religiously forbidden and smashed—the stone fragments still scattered throughout the old part of the cemetery. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "To Rebuild a Syrian City, Men First Dig Up and Rebury the Dead," 26 Oct. 2018 So the first agenda item at her board meeting this week is to decide how much to donate for headstones and urns. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019 Across a small road is an even older cemetery with crosses and headstones leaning crooked with age. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Online search opens door to unforgettable meeting with relatives in Ireland," 16 June 2018 Today, down the road from a somber monument to the massacres lies a mass gravesite, where the names of the victims are etched across the thousands of headstones. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Syrian chemical attacks spark horrific memories for Iraqi Kurds, gassed by Saddam," 10 Apr. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce headstone (audio) \

Kids Definition of headstone

: a stone that marks a grave

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