tomb·​stone | \ ˈtüm-ˌstōn How to pronounce tombstone (audio) \

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the historic cemetery's many tombstones marking the graves of children are telling reminders of the harshness of pioneer life
Recent Examples on the Web Each tombstone’s death date was within a few weeks of each other in the early 1900s. Megan Ranney, CNN, 11 Mar. 2022 The recipe for Ida Kleinman’s nut roll cookies, her most popular, can be found in Hebrew on her tombstone in Rehovot Cemetery in Rehovot, Israel. New York Times, 30 June 2022 In the picture, Lincoln sits on a bench at the cemetery while looking at his brother's tombstone. Georgia Slater,, 13 June 2022 Each square, a tombstone memorializing a once-promising partnership. Glamour, 31 May 2022 By the time of her death in 1946, Smith was reportedly penniless, without even a tombstone to mark her grave in Staten Island, New York. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2022 Her tombstone was inscribed in Syriac, an Aramaic dialect. Jen Pinkowski, Scientific American, 15 June 2022 Let the stage be your stepping stone, not your tombstone. Quinci Legardye, ELLE, 14 June 2022 His tombstone provides the basics: name, state, rank, squadron, war, dates of birth and death. Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press, 29 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tombstone

1565, in the meaning defined above

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“Tombstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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tomb·​stone | \ ˈtüm-ˌstōn How to pronounce tombstone (audio) \

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Tombstone geographical name

Tomb·​stone | \ ˈtüm-ˌstōn How to pronounce Tombstone (audio) \

Definition of Tombstone

city in the southeastern corner of Arizona population 1380

Note: Tombstone was site of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881.

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