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[church-yahrd] /ˈtʃɜrtʃˌyɑrd/
the yard or ground adjoining a church, often used as a graveyard.
Origin of churchyard
1125-75; Middle English chirche yeard; see church, yard2 Unabridged
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  • “You think it is an offer of wedlock from a churchyard knight,” he said.

    Madelon Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • The churchyard was now the most frequented spot in the village.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • The same order prevails in the German quarter of the churchyard.

    Wounded and a Prisoner of War Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay
  • The pikemen leaped into the churchyard and breathed in safety.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • Every week in London there was a folkmote at St. Paul's churchyard, where majority decision was a tradition.

  • He was buried in the churchyard under the tower of the grand old church.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • He came past a churchyard and went in, going from grave to grave till he came to the chapel, where a woman knelt and sobbed.

    Pilgrim Sorrow Carmen Sylva
British Dictionary definitions for churchyard


the grounds surrounding a church, usually used as a graveyard
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Word Origin and History for churchyard

early 12c., from church + yard (n.1).

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