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

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 For soldiers killed in combat, this is also when their military tombstone is unveiled. Shira Rubin, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2024 Most tombstones are a single concrete block – the same used to build the walls of the grave. Abeer Salman, CNN, 5 Mar. 2024 The cemetery appeared bulldozed-over on Wednesday morning, with tombstones crushed and graves holding human remains exposed in some of the burial plots, according to video shot by an NBC News team and interviews with residents on the scene. Yasmine Salam, NBC News, 19 Jan. 2024 Most people there were openly weeping, some breaking down upon seeing Navalny’s portrait on his tombstone, submerged by heaps of roses and carnations. Francesca Ebel, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2024 The memorial is a reminder, in concrete slabs resembling toppling tombstones, of the millions of Jews murdered in Europe by the Nazis. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024 Men created makeshift tombstones out of rough slabs of concrete to distinguish the graves in the otherwise unmarked area. NBC News, 24 Jan. 2024 Graves and tombstones stand damaged following Israeli attacks near the Nasser Hospital on Wednesday. Yasmine Salam, NBC News, 19 Jan. 2024 And his folks before that also were in the tombstone business. Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 13 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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 23 Apr. 2024.

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

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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