lie in state


of the body of a famous leader
: displayed in a coffin in a public place so that people can view it and show respect

Examples of lie in state in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Breaux will lie in state in the Statehouse Rotunda from 4-7 p.m. Friday where members of the public will be able to pay their respects, according to a news release. The Indianapolis Star, 4 Apr. 2024 On Wednesday, crowds gathered at San Francisco City Hall — the birthplace of Feinstein's public career — to see her lie in state. Kyler Alvord, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2023 In July 2020, Lewis became the first Black lawmaker to lie in state in the Capitol. Melissa Noel, Essence, 21 June 2023 The last person to lie in state in Britain was Elizabeth’s mother, known as the Queen Mother. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2022 The Waleses have arrived at Westminster Hall, where Queen Elizabeth II's coffin will lie in state for the next few days. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Sep. 2022 The Queen will lie in state in Westminster Hall for five days, where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flow through and pay their respects leading up to the funeral on Monday. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2022 That changed with the death of Innocent III, who died in 1216 and was the first pope to lie in state, Mr. Paravicini Bagliani said, citing an account of the time. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2023 The Queen's coffin will continue to lie in state at Westminster Hall through the weekend, where thousands have visited to pay their respects. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 16 Sep. 2022

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“Lie in state.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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