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lych gate


lich gate

or lych gate

a roofed gate to a churchyard under which a bier is set down during a burial service to await the coming of the clergyman.
Also called resurrection gate.
Origin of lich gate
1475-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • To the right, the public pathway led down through the lych-gate into the village.

    Vera Nevill Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
  • Glancing at his watch, he talked of the nasty curve at the lych-gate.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Feeling just in the humour for a little moralizing, I opened the lych-gate and entered the churchyard.

    My Strangest Case Guy Boothby
  • He descended the steps, came out at the lych-gate, and met her.

  • Dare, meanwhile, walking with Ruth, caught sight of the church and lych-gate with heart-felt regret.

  • A bell was tolling for evensong in the grey church and they saw the vicar pass under the lych-gate with slow footsteps.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • At the click of the lych-gate under her hand the man turned sharply round and looked at her without moving further.

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • A quiet, peaceful spot it is, entered by a lych-gate and surrounded by a small "God's acre."

  • Look to it: him that is last at the lych-gate Sir Daniel shall reward.

  • They passed the lych-gate of the churchyard, and then, following a sudden impulse, Radmore turned into the post-office.

    What Timmy Did Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
British Dictionary definitions for lych-gate

lich gate

a variant spelling of lych gate

lych gate

a roofed gate to a churchyard, formerly used during funerals as a temporary shelter for the bier
Word Origin
C15: lich, from Old English līc corpse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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