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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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  • All he looks forward to is a decent funeral and a proper headstone.
  • It is a sacrilege to walk four steps from the headstone to the foot and four steps from the foot to the headstone.
  • Each headstone is different, and many have sayings inscribed on them.
  • From the lake's edge you can see an urn but not a headstone or a grave site.
  • Graffiti slashed across a marble headstone serves as a final insult from a gloating enemy.
British Dictionary definitions for headstone

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 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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