potter's field

noun

Definition of potter's field 

: a public burial place for paupers, unknown persons, and criminals

Examples of potter's field in a Sentence

criminals and unidentified people are sometimes buried in a potter's field

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Bolden was buried in Holt Cemetery, a potter's field in New Orleans. NOLA.com, "Buddy Bolden, the first king of jazz: 1 of 300," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of potter's field

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for potter's field

from the mention in Matthew 27:7 of the purchase of a potter's field for use as a graveyard

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