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churchyard

[church-yahrd] /ˈtʃɜrtʃˌyɑrd/
noun
1.
the yard or ground adjoining a church, often used as a graveyard.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English chirche yeard; see church, yard2
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  • Many of the important townspeople are buried in the churchyard.
  • A churchyard should not be confused with a graveyard or a cemetery.
British Dictionary definitions for churchyard

churchyard

/ˈtʃɜːtʃˌjɑːd/
noun
1.
the grounds surrounding a church, usually used as a graveyard
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Word Origin and History for churchyard
n.

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

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