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[toom-stohn] /ˈtumˌstoʊn/
a stone marker, usually inscribed, on a tomb or grave.
Origin of tombstone
1555-65; tomb + stone Unabridged
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  • No grave so far has had a tombstone or any other identifying label.
  • tombstone, for example, was a movie that the studio decided not to even screen for the critics.
  • The sarcophagus was buried and covered by a marble tombstone.
  • He wrote the epitaph which was cut on his tombstone.
  • He sat down on a tombstone that was near the door, and began thinking.
  • They came upon a tombstone which had an image of two hands sheltering a candle.
British Dictionary definitions for tombstone


another word for gravestone


a town in the US, in Arizona: scene of the gunfight at the OK Corral in 1881. Pop: 1547 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for tombstone

1560s, originally the flat stone atop a grave (or the lid of a stone coffin); from tomb + stone (n.). Meaning "gravestone, headstone" is attested from 1711. The city in Arizona, U.S., said to have been named by prospector Ed Schieffelin, who found silver there in 1877 after being told all he would find there was his tombstone.

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