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headstone

[hed-stohn] /ˈhɛdˌstoʊn/
noun
1.
a stone marker set at the head of a grave; gravestone.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; head + stone
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headstone

/ˈhɛdˌstəʊn/
noun
1.
a memorial stone at the head of a grave
2.
(architect) another name for keystone
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Word Origin and History for head stone

headstone

n.

c.1400, "cornerstone," from head (adj.) + stone (n.). Meaning "upright stone at the head of a grave" is 1775, from head (n.).

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