headstone

noun
head·​stone | \ ˈhed-ˌstōn How to pronounce headstone (audio) \

Definition of headstone

: a memorial stone at the head of a grave

Examples of headstone in a Sentence

many of the headstones were for children who had died during the influenza epidemic
Recent Examples on the Web Her resting place remains unmarked because the family had a very ugly argument about what should go on her headstone. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2022 Her resting place remains unmarked because the family had a very ugly argument about what should go on her headstone. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2022 Surrounding her headstone are six other graves, including an infant and five other children and young adults who once lived with the family. Johnny Edwards, ajc, 3 Mar. 2022 The society raised $5,000 last year to pay for the headstone of Nancy Green, a former maid and chef whose likeness long served as the iconic image of Aunt Jemima on syrup bottles and boxes of pancake mix. Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2021 Hannah and Leah Pierce look at a small headstone inscribed with the name Lucy. Char Adams, NBC News, 11 Feb. 2022 The program will help with eligible expenses for the funeral, including the cost of a casket, clergy services, the use of the funeral home, headstone and burial plot. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 A few dozen yards away from Brown’s house in Vinalhaven, Rockefeller erected a headstone for her. Anna Holmes, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2022 Marines showed the team how to properly clean each headstone and told personal stories about serving in the military. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of headstone

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2022

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“Headstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headstone. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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headstone

noun
head·​stone | \ ˈhed-ˌstōn How to pronounce headstone (audio) \

Kids Definition of headstone

: a stone that marks a grave

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