Definition of gravestone in English:

gravestone

noun

  • An inscribed headstone marking a grave.

    • ‘Relatives visiting loved ones' graves thought vandals had struck when they arrived to see scores of gravestones knocked to the ground.’
    • ‘Being based on medieval gravestones and Irish history it is a fairly accurate description of the history of this small corner of Ireland.’
    • ‘Already some dilapidated gravestones have been laid flat as a temporary measure by staff checking the stability of memorials across the city.’
    • ‘DO you know what your partner wants to have inscribed on their gravestone?’
    • ‘But in the past couple of weeks he has noticed that gravestones have been broken, there are tyre marks on the grass and that the whole area is looking untidy.’
    • ‘In Florida he swam with dolphins, symbolised by two stone dolphins carved at the top of his gravestone.’
    • ‘Vandals desecrated a 17th century graveyard when they sprayed white and gold graffiti on two ancient gravestones.’
    • ‘Granite is a lasting stone - ideal for monuments like gravestones.’
    • ‘The council hopes to be able to provide funds to reinstate gravestones and memorials at council cemeteries which were laid flat on safety grounds recently.’
    • ‘Inscriptions on modern gravestones tell us nothing about the people they are supposed to commemorate, he says.’
    • ‘When visiting a Jewish cemetery, it is customary to place a stone on the gravestone in memory of the deceased.’
    • ‘Police were called to the scene on Friday and discovered the gravestone lying at the side of the grave with the headstone turned down in the earth.’
    • ‘Jack has visited the battlefields on the Somme on numerous occasions and he presented a slide show showing some of the military cemeteries and gravestones.’
    • ‘No one has taken responsibility for the gravestones over the years, some of the monuments were eight or nine feet high.’
    • ‘The gravestones were simply made of grey stone and the inscriptions seemed to be short.’
    • ‘A number of other gravestones have been similarly marked.’
    • ‘There are gravestones in the cemetery that date back 80 years.’
    • ‘As I round the corner one of the large banners, untethered at the bottom, billows in the wind, revealing a glimpse of old gravestones in the churchyard.’
    • ‘There are gravestones sinking and falling in the ground.’
    • ‘But some gravestones are more than 100 years old and the people responsible for many modern ones cannot be traced.’
    headstone, tombstone, stone, monument, memorial, plaque, tablet
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Pronunciation

gravestone

/ˈɡreɪvstəʊn/