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headstone

[hed-stohn] /ˈhɛdˌstoʊn/
noun
1.
a stone marker set at the head of a grave; gravestone.
Origin of headstone
1525-1535
1525-35; head + stone
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  • When all other service is vain, from plant and tree the soft mosses and grey lichen take up their watch by the headstone.

    The Story of the Hills H. N. Hutchinson
  • There was a headstone there, but the snow was so deep the engineer didn't see it.

    Maw's Vacation Emerson Hough
  • Above the coffin on Alderton's headstone is an ornament, apparently palms.

    In Search Of Gravestones Old And Curious W.T. (William Thomas) Vincent
  • Only, if you would have that written and read on your headstone, you have no time to lose.

  • He could no longer keep his eyes upon the headstone, could no longer think of the grave and what it held.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
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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