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[greyv-stohn] /ˈgreɪvˌstoʊn/
a stone marking a grave, usually giving the name, date of death, etc., of the person buried there.
1175-1225; Middle English; see grave1, stone Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gravestone
  • The work starts with the simplicity of a country gravestone.
  • Participants learn about the burial practices for those hanged as witches and the symbolism behind various gravestone engravings.
  • In it, the giraffe fearfully approaches a gravestone.
  • But that will soon change, now that cemetery officials plan to donate a gravestone for the slain officer.
  • He requested that an image of her face be etched into her gravestone.
  • Many are significant examples of gravestone art, signed by locally prominent sculptors and stonecutters.
  • It is also an intact example of a cemetery reflecting typical burial customs and gravestone art during this period.
  • Every precaution must be taken to protect the gravestone.
  • His gravestone, now in the forest, is one of two surrounded by a picket fence.
  • The database is composed of three general types of records-marriage records, obituaries and gravestone inscriptions.
British Dictionary definitions for gravestone


a stone marking a grave and usually inscribed with the name and dates of the person buried
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gravestone

late 14c., "stone over a grave;" c.1200, "stone coffin," from grave (n.) + stone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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