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[hed-stohn] /ˈhɛdˌstoʊn/
a stone marker set at the head of a grave; gravestone.
Origin of headstone
1525-35; head + stone Unabridged
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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
  • The headstone, set up by the parson, bore the words "Peccator Maximus."

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Above the coffin on Alderton's headstone is an ornament, apparently palms.

    In Search Of Gravestones Old And Curious W.T. (William Thomas) Vincent
  • We piled after Ase, who'd made a dash to get to the headstone first.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • 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


a memorial stone at the head of a grave
(architect) another name for keystone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for headstone

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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