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

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Mucha was born in 1860 in southern Moravia, and initially found work by lettering tombstones and painting portraits, murals, and scenery for theatres. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How Posters Became Art," 1 July 2019 In a promotional video on their website, Sandy mentions that there are over one million acres of cemeteries in America—land that could be used for protecting the Earth instead of laying tombstones. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Better Place Forests Wants You to Choose a Memorial Tree Instead of a Tombstone," 13 June 2019 But what if Halloween is at hand and the signs are shaped like tombstones? Randy Maniloff, WSJ, "But Your Honor, It Was Halloween!," 30 Oct. 2018 There is also a work that represents a section of bathroom wall that also includes pill bottles peeking from behind tiles affixed to the wood, and a medicine cabinet shaped like a tombstone. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "Large-Scale Art Protest Outside OxyContin Maker Ends in Arrest," 22 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of tombstone


1565, in the meaning defined above

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