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cemetery

cem·e·ter·y

cemetery

 
 
pronunciation:
se m te ri
features:
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part of speech: noun
inflections: cemeteries
definition: a burial ground, esp. one that is not connected to a church; graveyard.
He won't be buried in the town cemetery but in a military cemetery.Few people visit the graves in this old cemetery nowadays.
 
synonyms:
burial ground, graveyard
similar words:
catacombs, charnel, necropolis, potter's field
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derivation: cemeterial (adj.)
Word History
Cemetery comes from koimeterion, a Greek word for "sleeping room." The Greek noun comes from the verb koiman, which means "to put to sleep."