potter's field

noun

Definition of potter's field

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

Examples of potter's field in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of 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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