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

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Their efforts led to installation of new military headstones for the veterans’ graves. Brian Albrecht, cleveland.com, "Civil War Colored Troops names to be added to Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument at Juneteenth celebration," 11 June 2019 Three-quarters of a century later, the uniformity of the headstones, and their exacting placement, lend a feel that the fallen remain resolute, soldiers still on guard. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "D-Day anniversary truly puts hockey, life in perspective," 8 June 2019 The veteran had been a Navy Storekeeper Third Class on the USS Oklahoma, according to the National Cemetery Administration’s Twitter account, which also shared a photo of Eakes' headstone. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Pearl Harbor victim reburied decades after being killed in attack," 21 June 2018 One woman wants to buy a headstone for her father’s grave, for example. Zan Romanoff, Vox, "What we get wrong about multilevel marketing, explained by the host of the popular podcast about it," 30 Nov. 2018 Flowers and cardboard headstones are placed on the sidewalk in front of East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld’s home in Penn Hills, Pa., on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Washington Post, "Shot in the back: When can police fire on fleeing suspects?," 28 June 2018 He was initially buried at a family home without a headstone. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "He was the 1st Idahoan killed in action. And he died in a war you've probably never heard of. | Idaho Statesman," 27 May 2018 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

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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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