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cemetery

[sem-i-ter-ee] /ˈsɛm ɪˌtɛr i/
noun, plural cemeteries.
1.
an area set apart for or containing graves, tombs, or funeral urns, especially one that is not a churchyard; burial ground; graveyard.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin coemētērium < Greek koimētḗrion a sleeping place, equivalent to koimē- (variant stem of koimân to put to sleep) + -tērion suffix of locality
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Examples from the web for cemetery
  • In one dream, he limped up the gravel road from our family cemetery and tapped on my bedroom window.
  • The smell of formaldehyde seeps out into the nearby hospital and cemetery.
  • The architecture of the newfound cemetery may be unique among the tombs found so far at the oasis, officials said.
  • His name and photo reside on a cold piece of granite in a cemetery.
  • Families trek to the cemetery to remember dead loved ones.
  • Changes include allowing a village to keep its cemetery.
  • There's a pioneer cemetery on the edge of town, where its first residents are buried.
  • Exit through the sacristy and stroll through the cemetery chapel.
  • Three days later, it was installed in a military cemetery in the suburbs.
  • He once took a shot of a cemetery in the background, a one-way sign in the foreground.
British Dictionary definitions for cemetery

cemetery

/ˈsɛmɪtrɪ/
noun (pl) -teries
1.
a place where the dead are buried, esp one not attached to a church
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin coemētērium, from Greek koimētērion room for sleeping, from koiman to put to sleep
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Word Origin and History for cemetery
n.

late 14c., from Old French cimetiere "graveyard" (12c.), from Late Latin coemeterium, from Greek koimeterion "sleeping place, dormitory," from koiman "to put to sleep," keimai "I lie down," from PIE root *kei- "to lie, rest," also "bed, couch," hence secondary sense of "beloved, dear" (cf. Greek keisthai "to lie, lie asleep," Old Church Slavonic semija "family, domestic servants," Lithuanian šeima "domestic servants," Lettish sieva "wife," Old English hiwan "members of a household," higid "measure of land," Latin cunae "a cradle," Sanskrit Sivah "propitious, gracious"). Early Christian writers were the first to use it for "burial ground," though the Greek word also had been anciently used in reference to the sleep of death. An Old English word for "cemetery" was licburg.

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Encyclopedia Article for cemetery

place set apart for burial or entombment of the dead. Reflecting geography, religious beliefs, social attitudes, and aesthetic and sanitary considerations, cemeteries may be simple or elaborate-built with a grandeur that overshines the community of the living. They may also be regarded as "holy fields" or taboo areas. In countries such as Japan and Mexico, cemeteries are festival places on certain occasions set aside to honour the dead. In other countries and among other religious groups, they are simple and stark and generally shunned.

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