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

gravestone, headstone, monument, stone

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Examples of tombstone in a Sentence


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

After 147 years, one of the most important African American artists of the mid-19th Century is getting his tombstone. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Detroit Free Press, "After 147 years, DIA to unveil tombstone for pioneering artist Robert S. Duncanson," 20 June 2019 The neat rows of tombstones rest in rural Thompson Township, Ohio, 42 miles northeast of Cleveland. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A newborn was left to die 26 years ago. A mother’s arrest has led to baffling new questions.," 10 June 2019 Thousands of tombstones bear that date in solemn remembrance of the warriors who went ashore that day. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Eternal gratitude for D-Day vets; Stapleton’s legacy; A plea for civility (6/6/19)," 6 June 2019 Under the lone Morani tree (named after the first rhino buried in the cemetery), a tombstone reads: Sudan, The Last Male Northern White Rhino, 1973 - 2018. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Can the Northern White Rhino Come Back from the Edge of Extinction?," 22 Sep. 2018 Experts exhumed, analyzed, sampled and documented the remains from graves at Darwin cemetery, which is known for its rows of white crosses and dark gray tombstones. Washington Post, "Argentines visit fallen soldiers’ graves in Falkland Islands," 26 Mar. 2018 But the nonprofit maintaining the space is struggling to finance its restoration as more tombstones crumble around them. Aubrey Nagle,, "How local towns are changing, Trump's war of words, Philly celebrates Pride | Morning Newsletter," 11 June 2018 Don’t miss the cemetery, either, where the carvings atop each tombstone indicate that person’s station in life (a fez headdress was reserved for government officials, a turban for someone of the religious order, an anchor for a seaman, and so on). Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 There's a shiny tombstone and fresh flowers and everything. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Frank Underwood Is Dead in 'House of Cards,' This Chilling New Promo Confirms," 5 Sep. 2018

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1565, in the meaning defined above

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