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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In the Mission Dolores cemetery stands a tombstone bearing the names of Charles and Arabella Cora, who were married for exactly two hours. Gary Kamiya,, "San Francisco love story: A hooker, her gambling man and a hanging," 23 Aug. 2019 That’s what Thomas wants on his tombstone, according to Bethany Toledo, executive director of the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Tony Thomas wins 2019 national award for workforce advocacy and leadership at Welcome House in Westlake," 12 Aug. 2019 The cemetery created a tombstone that military authorities agree is unique, showing the names of the dead heroes, along with symbols of their faiths. Stu Bykofsky,, "Why a tombstone in a South Jersey military cemetery has both a Star of David and a cross | Stu Bykofsky," 25 May 2018 The Lexington Herald-Leader can attack Mitch with cartoon tombstones of his opponents. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "McConnell's campaign suspended from Twitter for posting critic's profanity-laced video," 7 Aug. 2019 For some, their graves have become destination spots for fans or 'tombstone tourists,' who leave tokens of affection at their graves — even decades after their deaths. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Dillinger, Dean and more: 12 famous graves in Indiana," 7 Aug. 2019 Finally one lucky fan figured it out and mentioned that Beetlejuice's tombstone could be found in Mr. Clarke's town model. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything the "Stranger Things" Writers Have Revealed About Season 3," 18 July 2019 Blute said, pointing to a tombstone that still needed shamrocks emblazoned on top. Jessica Rinaldi,, "Neighbors working together after tornado on Cape Cod," 24 July 2019 And Brennan shares a tombstone with his first and second wives, the latter his longtime secretary. Jessica Gresko, USA TODAY, "John Paul Stevens will be buried among several other Supreme Court justices in Arlington National Cemetery," 17 July 2019

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1565, in the meaning defined above

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