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

Definition of tombstone

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

Definition of Tombstone (Entry 2 of 2)

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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Synonyms for tombstone

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of tombstone in a Sentence

Noun 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: Noun Aside from a pair of children's safety goggles (for protected plate-smashing), Aggen didn't need to purchase anything for their tabby's tombstone. Erica Wacker, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Jim’s tombstone in Paris was being vandalized and people were taking pieces of it. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2021 The hidden figure of voting rights Off a narrow, two-lane state highway, in an unmarked gravesite that blends in with the surrounding trees, one tombstone stands out. USA Today, 20 May 2021 Running in street shoes Inside the living room of his Knightstown home, Cain talked about the tombstone he's picked out. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Mar. 2021 Hinton plans to work with the archives and museum organization to possibly put the tombstone in a public exhibit. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Mar. 2021 While the rest of the graves have small, unmarked metal crosses, for Mullagh, the town raised enough money at the time of his death to buy him a three-foot high marble tombstone. Ben Westcott, CNN, 4 Apr. 2021 Baubles could be a slice of pizza or a small tombstone to be dropped on the map that don’t serve any other purpose in the game. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2021 His name appears on her tombstone, but only his name. Sigrid Macrae, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of tombstone


1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tombstone was in 1565

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“Tombstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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