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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This June, Wanda stood by Thelma’s simple horizontal headstone in the family cemetery. USA Today, "The founding family you’ve never heard of: The black Tuckers of Hampton, Virginia," 22 Aug. 2019 The UT Dallas team helps clean late veterans’ headstones with the nonprofit Carry the Load along with other volunteering efforts. Jordan Wilkerson, Dallas News, "UTD lab's marketing challenge: Recruit veterans for PTSD study," 15 Aug. 2019 In the distance, gray and brown headstones climb the rising landscape in ranks to a graphite horizon. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 In April, Light launched a GoFundMe to help raise money for a headstone for Journey’s grave. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Toddler dies from methadone overdose; grandmother charged," 26 Aug. 2019 Just look for the headstone crowded with guitar picks, notes and flowers. Mary Ann Anderson, Dallas News, "Lubbock is smack in the middle of nowhere but offers a bit of everything," 22 July 2019 Sweeping rows of aging headstones rise high on their left up a slope that leads to a large tomb. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "4 addresses in 4 months: This is what poverty looks like for this Cincinnati family," 10 July 2019 In a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Abington Monthly Meeting will dedicate a headstone to mark the graves of Lay and his wife, Sarah, at the entry gates to the burial ground. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "Cast out by the Quakers, Abington's abolitionist dwarf finally has his day," 18 Apr. 2018 The vehicle knocked down several headstones in the cemetery before coming to a stop, Hernandez said. Gary Warth, Los Angeles Times, "Woman injured when car crashes into San Diego cemetery, knocks down tombstones," 19 Aug. 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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